This Masters level Human Rights and Sharia course is an annual program that was originally held (2012) by PUSAM UMM in collaboration with several international partners, namely the BYU Law School ICLRS, the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, and the Asia Foundation. Then in 2019, the Faculty of Law of UMM was given the confidence to continue the relay in its implementation. This program aims to provide an understanding of the intersection and interrelation between human rights and sharia and how we can build bridges to optimize both to protect human dignity. This training was attended by 30 participants who came from various regions in Indonesia, where the participants have backgrounds as local religious leaders, practicioners, young lecturers, politicians, or NGOs.
The presenters of this training are various law professors, human rights experts, sharia law experts from various countries, including Professor Brett Scharff, Professor Lena Larsen, Professor Tore, Professor Heiner Benefield, Professor Adbullah Said. Professor Brett, for example, teaches classes on the basics of human rights, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief, and the regulation of religion under the rule of law. This course was designed jointly by Professor Syamsul Arifin, Vice Chancellor of the University of Muhammadiyah, Malang, Mrs. Cekli Setya Pratiwi, SH, LLM, lecturer at the Muhammadiyah Law Department and University General Counsel, and Dr. Ahmad Nur Fuad, from Sunan Ampel University in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Currently teachers in this subject are in the process of writing textbooks on Sharia and Human Rights, which will be published in 2021 with each chapter in English and Indonesian. Program organizers anticipate holding a major conference in Jakarta in 2018 to launch course books and to train professors in teaching Sharia and Human Rights courses.
Edited by: CYA, 2020