UMM Collaborates with BYU America to Study Human Rights and the World

Author : Humas | Wednesday, November 22, 2023 06:27 WIB
Vice Chancellor 1 and Brett G. Scharffs during the MoU Signing (Photo: Rizki PR)

The concept of human rights has long been recognized by the general public. Human rights have been legalized since their establishment in Paris in 1948 through discussions and conferences. Underlying the concept of human rights is human dignity or respect for others.

This was conveyed by Brett G. Scharffs in an event organized by the International Relations Study Program of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), this November.  The director of the Law School's International Center of Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) gave a presentation in front of hundreds participants and students. On that occasion there was also the signing of a collaboration between UMM and Brigham Young university (BYU), United States.

Furthermore, Scharffs said, the proof that the concept of human dignity has been adapted long before the existence of human rights is the Irish constitution. The constitution says that dignity and freedom are individual rights, then also the German constitution which says that dignity cannot be contained. This concept has also been applied by Indonesia through the Pancasila ideology since 1945.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) also emphasizes the importance of dignity. Each person is entitled to all the rights and freedoms listed in the UDHR without exception. Regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion.

"The freedom of human rights is contained in article 1 of the UDHR which states that all people are born free and have the same dignity and rights. They are bestowed with reason and conscience and should associate with each other in a spirit of brotherhood," explained the professor at Brigham Young University.

Human dignity is not only implemented in the concept of human rights and mutual respect, but also in the concept of religion. People are free to follow the religion they believe in. Even if seen from a religious perspective, human dignity is the basis of religious freedom and human dignity itself.

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He mentioned the story of the Prophet Nuh and his son in Islam. During a massive flood, Prophet Nuh ordered his son to get on the ship, but the son refused and decided to climb the mountain.

"From the story it can be concluded that Nuh's son was actually given the freedom to decide what he wanted to do. Likewise, we are free to choose what we want to do and cannot be interfered with," he said. 

Meanwhile, the vice chancellor of UMM, Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si., appreciated this international guest lecture. According to him, it can open a new window of knowledge for students. They can better understand the concept of human dignity that has been implemented in Indonesia for a long time.

"It is expected that the youth, including UMM students, would be able to implement it in their daily lives. Respect and love each other," he concluded. (*tri/wil/put)



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