The Course on Human Rights for District Judges: Universal Values of Diversity, Democracy and Judiciary

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

ELSAM, Tuban – The country should formulate policies to ensure the interests of all different group, ethnic and cultural minority, or other marginalized groups (e.g. based on sociocultural, religion and history). Prof. Azyumardi Azra, MA. revealed this in a public lecture during the course on Human Rights for District Judges, which was held by ELSAM and Supreme Court Institute for Research, Training and Judicial Practice (“Balitbang Diklat Kumdil MA”) in Tuban, Bali on Monday (02/23).

“They should not be crushed, especially displaced by politically, socio-culturally and religiously dominant group,” said Prof. Azra, who is the former Rector of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta.

According to him, diversity can be the potential and basis to strengthen tolerance in various aspects of lives; social, culture, traditions and religion. With the diversity principle, he added, every citizen can foster a greater sense of mutual respect and at the same time respect the advantages within each entity.

“So, a diversity that is addressed in a wise attitude is a strategic move towards tolerance strengthening in various aspects of our national lives,” he added.

In the presence of 48 district judges who participated in the course, Prof. Azra also reminded the participants that a key role in achieving the realization of multicultural-democracy state is strengthening of country’s capability to carry out its functions, such as enforcing the law and developing opportunities.

He also revealed that not only should the development opportunities happen in sociopolitical and democracy lives, but also in the education, socioeconomic, sociocultural and socio-religious lives of every citizen.

“Therefore, the country need to recognize the diversity and cultural differences in the constitution, the rule of law and other Laws,” he explained to the district judges from six different High Court’s jurisdictions.

Applying firm and consistent law enforcement that corresponds to the legal framework order, to protect and uphold diversity, according to him, is also an important key to the realization of democratic state.

“Once the country let the violation of diversity, one can imagine the social unrest, conflict and violence continue,” he added.

Here, he added, the judiciary plays a crucial role in strengthening law enforcement as well as diversity and democracy.[]

Author: Adiani Viviana
Editor: Ari Yurino