SEPAHAM Conference 2011: Rethinking Rule of Law and Human Rights

SEPAHAM Conference 2011

Rethinking Rule of Law and Human Rights
Surabaya, 20-22 September 2011

Problem of Rule of Law which has been structurally and politically hijacked by undemocratic governance and corrupt regime in nature. It has shown that law reform failed in protecting human rights and providing access to justice. Although human rights are widely recognized under new Constitution and several laws, but on the other hand there are numerous suppressive laws. In a suppressive situation, it requires the role of higher education for strengthening human rights protection through education and policy making advocacy. In this regards, human rights lecturer and its centers need to hand in hand enhance strategic and effective collaboration and education.

Targets and Aims
Responding fundamental problem of Rule of Law by sharing ideas, academic researches, and learning process among human rights centers and higher education in promoting and protecting human rights and access to justice.
Promoting and campaigning human rights principles, progressive norms, and implementation through various strategic mechanisms.
Through conference and collaboration, human rights centers would bring a strategic plan to more involve not only in academic strategies, but also in human rights based policy making strategies.

Topics and Panel Partners

  1. Political Rights and Freedom of Expression (Center for Human Rights Law Studies, Unair)
  • This panel will address the current issue on right to assembly, right to express opinion, religious freedom and press freedom. Those rights are guaranteed by ICCPR 1966, which actually already ratified by Indonesian Government in 2005. This panel discusses to what extent political rights and freedom of expression are guaranteed by law and how the government has shown its responsibility to protect those rights/freedom?

Indigenous Peoples Rights and Human Rights (PPSAT UGM)

  • Based on article 18B section 2 and 28I section 3 Indonesian Constitution, Indigenous peoples rights have been formulated. Nevertheless, the marginalization process against them have been never ending story, especially dealing with natural resources exploitation. In this regard, this panel will debate to what extent indigenoues peoples in Indonesia have been guaranteed under 10 years after constitutionalization of rights? What are fundamental problems to protect and fulfill their rights?

Women Rights and Human Rights (Human Rights Center, UII)

  • The panel will discuss women rights issues from various perspectives, contexts, and problems. As we have known, the violation against women from domestic situation to structural policies which seem continously happened, and challenging for human rights activists to promote, protect and fulfill women rights. The discussion about those issues especially in guaranteeing women rights in the context democracy – post Soeharto would be aimed in this panel.

Economic Rights and Consumer Protection (ARC FH Unlam and Sentra HAM UI)

  • Since 2005, Indonesia ratified Covenant on ESCR. This legal process concequences to bring many implications in promoting and protecting economic rights. Consumer protection became an important issue to be discussed, especially dealing with the current debate on state role and responsibility to guarantee consumer. In this regard, this panel would discuss to what extent economic rights and consumer have been protected and progressively realized?

Children Rights and Migrant Worker Rights (Center for Human Rights Studies University of Surabaya/Ubaya)

  • The issue of children rights and migrant workers are inseparable. Those issues are dominantly discussed in relation to various human rights topic, such as rights to education, rights to work and rights to health access. The issues became more critical when those rights deal with trafficking which has shown a systematic human explotation and violation. The panel will address to what extent state has been showing its role and responsibility to protect and fulfill children rights and migrant worker rights, what are the chalenges, and how have other actors involved in progressing these rights?

Registration Fees

  • Students: IDR 50,000
  • Non-Student: IDR 100,000

Center for Human Rights Studies University of Surabaya (Pusham Ubaya)

Center for Human Rights Studies
University of Surabaya (Pusham Ubaya)
Library Building 5th. Floor
Jalan Raya Kalirungkut Tenggilis Surabaya 60293
Tel. 031 – 298 1345
Fax. 031 – 298 1346
E-mail: pusham

Contact Person
Inge Christanti (Pusham Ubaya, Surabaya), naich23


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