Expert workshop on advancing the rights of religious minorities in Indonesia
Activists with extensive experience working for religious minorities were gathered for two intense days in Bogor, 4-5 December.
Aksel Tømte from NCHR International Department with concluding remarks at the workshop. (Photo: UiO/Hilde Salvesen)
The purpose of the workshop was to two-fold: to improve coordination, as well as to reflect on the effectiveness of various approaches to advance the rights religious minorities. This included penal law litigation, administrative law litigation and litigation before religious courts, litigation before the constitutional court, peacebuilding, strengthening victims, research and monitoring, as well as promotion (understood as engagement with state institutions to increase capacity and commitment).
The workshop was organised by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation in cooperation with NCHR.
Developing joint code of conduct
While some of the participants work with rights-based litigation on a daily basis, others use methods such as community reconciliation or promotion of tolerant Islamic interpretations. The participants analysed how some working methods can influence others, both positively or negatively, and started developing a joint code of conduct for advancing the rights of religious minorities.
Representatives from numerous Indonesian organisations and institutions attended the workshop, including: The Centre for Human Rights Studies at the Islamic University of Indonesia, Shobat KBB, Lakpesdam NU, Elsa Semarang, Sejuk, Percik, LBH Jakarta, LBH Makassar, LBH Surabaya, LBH Peradilan, KontraS, HRWG, Pusad Paradamina, Wahid Center, Gusdurian, Legal Committee of the Ahmadiyaa-community, the state Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, and the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (Elsam).