UJN Regional Meeting, Indonesia, 2012

UJN Regional Meeting, Indonesia, 2012


The main UJN regional meeting took place in April 2012, and was hosted by PAHAM, a leading Indonesian human rights group, and focused on and resulted in a declaration of unity between groups.

Speakers and attendees travelled from the UK, America and Iran as well as from the surrounding region for the conference.  Topics ranging from the Palestinian struggle, Islamophobia as well as the Arab spring were discussed during the opening sessions.

Under the universal message of unity the participants discussed and debated a wide range of issues.   The current wave of revolutions has also given rise to sectarian divisions but the conference aimed to highlight the root causes of such division, namely the imperial powers that are trying to hijack and influence the revolutions.

Chair of the IHRC Massoud Shadjarah said, “We all come from very diverse backgrounds but there is one thing that holds us together and that is the right of one Muslim over another.”

The Universal Justice Network has met under the umbrella for unity for the human rights of all oppressed people regardless of religious beliefs.

“Breaking down artificial colonial borders and bringing people together is one of the main objectives of the Universal Justice Network,” said Chair of Citizens International Mohideen Abdelkader.

In addition to the UJN regional meeting held in Indonesia, UJN held several meetings with high ranking political figures to discuss the concerns of the network and broader civil society.  These meetings included ones with the wife of the governor of West Java Netty Heryawan, who is a renowned humanitarian, as well as Muhammad Anshor, Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Find a link to report from the IHRC newsletter here.

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