ACU engages with Indonesia

Published: Wednesday 24th June 2015

ACU’s Institute for Religion, Politics and Society (IRPS) has helped host the first Australia-Indonesia Conference on Islam and Disability Rights. 

Dr Dina Afrianti said the conference was an opportunity for ACU to engage with the world’s largest Muslim population and Australia’s closest neighbour, Indonesia, in promoting social values of the rights of people with disability to education. 

The conference was a joint initiative of the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga and the Australian Catholic University on 21-22 May 2015 at the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta and brings together scholars, officials and disability rights campaigners from different countries and different faiths.

Dr. Afrianty said the conference introduced ACU’s IRPS, our work and our research agenda to Indonesian academics, universities and international organisations. 

Dr Bradley Armstrong, Head of the Australian Embassy’s Political and Economic Branch, said in a media release: “Islamic values involve a high regard for humanity and equality, so they have the potential to support increased fulfilment of rights for people with disabilities in Indonesia.”

“Co-operation between Australia and Indonesia in this area is a tangible example of our joint commitment to the rights of people with disabilities, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which both our countries have ratified,” he added.

The conference is funded by the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice, a bilateral co-operation program between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), aimed at assisting Indonesian people to access justice and combat corruption.

The conference was also supported by Garuda Indonesia, which provided two return airfares for the Australian speakers: Dr Karen Soldatic (UNSW) and Dr Mary Gallagher (ACU Canberra).