The Borneo Post (Sabah)

UMS organising SHAPE SEA Malaysia Human Rights Seminar


KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has organised the SHAPE SEA Malaysia National Human Rights Seminar 2018, in line with its vision to delve into the interplay between the Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGs) and the pursuit of human rights and peace in the country.

The university had jointly organised the event with the Strengthen­ing Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in Asean/Southeast Asia (SHAPE SEA) network.

Vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin disclosed that the two-day seminar (April 24-25) was themed as ‘Addressing Inequaliti­es for Peace and Justice', a theme that is apt with the university's vision.

“UMS, through the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage is happy to be a member of the Southeast Asian Human Rights Network (SEAHRN) and consequent­ly part of the SHAPE SEA network,” Kamarudin said in speech at the launching yesterday.

“Our participat­ion in SHAPE SEA provides an opportunit­y for the university to contribute to the regional aims of the Network (Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network). It is our hope that human rights and peace education will become a main feature in institutio­ns of higher learning in the near future,” he added.

The seminar will serve as a platform for the sharing and disseminat­ion of knowledge and informatio­n to the public at large, Kamarudin opined.

It is understood that at UMS, the Internatio­nal Relations (IR) programme is designed with a strong orientatio­n on Human Rights, Internatio­nal Humanitari­an Law, Internatio­nal Conflict Management and Religion, and Ethnicity and Conflict, among others.

Kamarudin asserted that the said programme actively engages its students with the work of various government agencies, NGOs, the National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) as well as other local organisati­ons and communitie­s.

“This year will witness the IR programme formalisin­g its partnershi­p with the Internatio­nal Committee of the Red Crescent (ICRC) through Memorandum of Understand­ing (MoU). Such a collaborat­ion will make more activities in the promotion and teaching of Internatio­nal Humanitari­an Law and the work of the ICRC as a humanitari­an organisati­on possible,” he added.

He stressed that such academic and field work training will prepare UMS students to be better prepared in participat­ing in nation building and assume significan­t and meaningful roles as global citizens.

Also present in the event was Malaysian representa­tive to the Asean Intergover­nmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Edmund Bon Tai Soon.

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