Professor From California Give Public Lecture on Human Rights in Unsyiah

07.12.2017 Humas

University of Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah) and Yap Thiam Hien Foundation held a public lecture that presented Prof. Eric Stover from Human Rights Center of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, at AAC Dayan Dawood, Darussalam, Banda Aceh, Wednesday (12/6). This public lecture discusses the forensic investigation towards victims of human rights abuses in some countries, such as in Argentina, Bosnia, and Guatemala.

According to Prof Eric the purpose of forensic investigation is to realign the historical record as well as to know who became the victim and how the victim died. This investigation begins by making assumptions that are then matched  with the victim framework. This work is a joint project involving state, forensic team, and family as well. In addition to protecting the family and searching for the truth, this investigation is also to reveal the true history.

"The work of forensic investigation is emphasized to the family and focus on humans. For what we want to seek is justice and reuniting a separate family," he said.

Prof. Eric took the example of the massacres that occurred in Argentina and Bosnia that cause two generations in that country lost because kidnappings and murders. For that, he invites students as the next generation to be more focus to voice the human rights as well as involved in conflict resolution.

The same thing was conveyed by Rector Unsyiah, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M. Eng., who says human rights protection must involve all parties in our life to become a cognitive awareness for the public. He took the example in Aceh which has established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR) as an alternative mechanism to solve human rights problems that occurred in the past. However, he hopes this commission will not only resolve the conflict between GAM and RI, but also other conflicts that have occurred in Aceh. So that all problems can be solved well in order to focus on building Aceh.

"We invite to take advantage of various opportunities and provide a good example, so that an example for other areas in Indonesia related to human rights issues," said Rector.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Yap Thiam Hien Foundation, Todung Mulya Lubis, said this public lecture is an annual event held in several cities in Indonesia. In addition to Banda Aceh, similar activities has been going on several times in other areas. Todung added many considerations were made to invite Prof Eric to Aceh. One of them is because Aceh has many problems and experiences related to human rights issues. He hopes that Prof Eric's presence can provide a good understanding and open a new perspective on human rights.

Also attending this public lecture were representatives from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Prof Yusni Sabi, Aceh Traditional Assembly, Dean of the Faculty, NGOs, and hundreds of students.