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6th Conference on Human Rights

Indigeneity and Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific Towards a Just Society: Challenges and Opportunities?
The 6th Conference on Human Rights provides a platform for academics, human rights activists and practitioners to explore current human rights issues in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Dates: 25 & 26 October 2023
Venue: Online via Zoom and in person at the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


The relationship between indigeneity and human rights has long caused various challenges to promoting democracy and fulfilling human rights in Asia and the Pacific region. Some of the basic rights of indigenous people have continued to strengthen as indicated by the existence of political and legal movements. However, it was also found that indigenous people groups were actually marginalized in the development of democracy. Some reasons behind this challenges are the absence of a single term related to indigeneity and the variant concept of indigeneity propagated by various parties. This variant concept causes the terms indigeneity and indigenous to become terms that can be used for any purposes. Some countries use the term to differentiate the treatment of certain individuals or groups. The term indigeneity is also used to reject several human rights norms that are deemed inconsistent with locality, the context of indigeneity, and national interests.

To respond to those matters, we are delighted to organise the 6th Conference on Human Rights. The conference is expected to become an academic hub for all academic scholars, observers, practitioners, government, and civil society to share ideas and experiences about indigeneity and human rights in Asia and the Pacific region from various perspectives. 

Conference hosts

This conference is co-hosted by the Department of Politics and Government at Universitas Gadjah Mada, the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration (CHRM2) at the University of Jember, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) at the University of Sydney, the Law and Human Rights Research and Development Agency (Balitbang) at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Indonesia, the National Commission on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM), the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Indonesia, the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) Indonesia, the Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies (CRCS) at Universitas Gadjah Mada, the Indonesian Scholar Network on Freedom of Religion or Belief (ISFORB), the Indonesian Consortium for Human Rights Lecturers (SEPAHAM) Indonesia, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), and the Global Campus of Human Rights, Italy.

Further information

  • Call for Papers closes: 31 March 2023
  • Announcement of selected abstracts: 15 April 2023
  • Full paper submissions: 16 April – 28 August 2023
  • Selection of best papers: 15 September 2023
  • Academic writing workshop: 24 October 2023
  • Conference: 25–26 October 2023

The conference will be held in a hybrid format, online via Zoom and in person at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. 

  • In person (plenary & parallel/panel sessions)
  • Online (parallel/panel session)
  • One panel session in Bahasa Indonesia

Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that address any aspect of this broad theme, drawing upon their particular field of study and their national, regional, or comparative experience. The focus of accepted papers will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Indigeneity and Development
  • Marginalisation in Economic Development
  • Indigeneity, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion and Human Rights
  • ASEAN and Human Rights
  • Criminal Law and Human Rights
  • Citizenship and Human Rights
  • Authoritarianism and Human Rights
  • Terrorism and Human Rights
  • The Right to Education
  • The Right to Health
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Climate Change
  • Justice, Rights, and Indigeneity
  • Land Grabbing/The Right to Land
  • Religion and Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Technology
  • Gender and Human Rights
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • State Policy on Human Rights
  • Regionalism of Human Rights
  • Migration and Human Rights
  • Human Rights, Cities and Development
  • Disability and Human Rights
  • Bahasa Indonesia submissions

The Call for Papers is open until 31 March 2023.

  • Each speaker will be given 20 minutes to present their paper.
  • All speakers must send a paper abstract (in English or Bahasa Indonesia, and not more than 200 words) and a short biography of the author (in English or Bahasa Indonesia, and not more than 150 words) no later than 31 March 2023
  • Speakers will be notified by 15 April 2023 if their paper is accepted.
  • Accepted presenters must send confirmation of acceptance no later than 31 May 2023.
  • Final papers must be sent to the committee by 28 August 2023.

Please direct any queries regarding the submission process to Dr Abdul Gaffar Karim.

The conference is free of charge for all presenters.

  • 15 best papers will receive conference grant from the Jurnal HAM by Balitbang, Kementerian Hukum dan HAM.
  • 10 best papers will be selected for book chapter project.
  • Academic writing workshop for selected best papers for Jurnal HAM and book chapter.
  • Dr Abdul Gaffar Karim, Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Professor Michele Ford, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney

Congratulations to the best papers submitted to the 6th Conference on Human Rights. Successful authors will be contacted by the Committee shortly.

Adam Poulsen, Yun Ju C Song, Eduard Fosch-Villaronga, Haley M LaMonica, Olivia Iannelli, Mafruha Alam, Ian B Hickie Digital Rights and mHealth in Southeast Asia
Muhammad Bahrul Ulum Mainstreaming of the Right to Food in Indonesia's Decentralised Context
Jerome Christopher S. Flores Asserting Right to City and Home: Lived Experiences in the Construction of New Clark City, Philippines
Zuraidah Mohd Amin The Invisible Victims: Limited Education Access among Children of Indonesian Immigrants in Malaysia
Kriselle Marie Calica Aquino Human Rights and the Periphery: Righting the Deprivation of the Sama Dilaut as Indigenous Maritime Peoples in the Southern Philippines
Haris Retno Susmiyati, Grizelda, Wiwik Harjanti, Alfian, Aryo Subroto Affirmative Action Model for the Rights Fulfillment of Indigenous People in the Nusantara Capital Area
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Lan Huong Historical Development of the Women's Right Toward Gender Equality in Vietnam
Somaly Assesing the ECCC's Contribution to the Rule of Law: Experiences of National Legal Staff at the ECCC Entering the Domestic Courts
Artesani Mirea Breaking the Chains of Statelessness: Addressing the Human Rights Challenges Facing the Hill Tribes in Thailand
Sheila Devi Michael The Continuous Precarious Situation of the Refugees and Migrant Workers in Malaysia Post-Covid-19
Sarah-Kay Education Law and Indigeneity: What Aotearoa, New Zealand can teach the world
Adis Nur Hayati, Dewi Analis Indriyani, Nurangga Firmanditya, Harison Citrawan The Vocabulary of Right Under The Indonesian Constitution: A Hohfeldian Analysis
Yayum Kumai Defending Ecological Right: Limiting the Unlimited Capitalist Reproduction by Religious Groups in Java
Otto Gusti Ndegong Madung, Adison Adrianus Sihombing, Zaenuddin Hudi Prasojo Human Rights and Religion under Habermas' Discourse Theory: Discovering Common Ground in Differences
Zico Junius Fernando Overcriminalization in Religious Offenses: A Critical Analysis of the Formulation of the New National Criminal Code (Law 1 Number 2023)


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference organisers reserve the right to cancel this event on short notice. The conference organisers will be closely monitoring the situation and following international and national health advice to assess all risks associated with the conference, and will notify participants of any changes to the program. In participating in this conference, all individuals will be required to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. 

Photo credit: Henri Ismail

For any enquiries about the conference, please contact

Dr Abdul Gaffar Karim

For any enquiries about post-conference publication, please contact

Dr Al Khanif