UMS or­gan­is­ing SHAPE SEA Malaysia Hu­man Rights Sem­i­nar

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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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