Korps MIHI Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta has successfully organized The 4th International Students Conference on Humanity Issues (ISCOHI), on Wednesday 9th, 2018. The event which was participated by attendees and presenters aims to enhance students’ knowledge, as well as to give to chance for students and academics to share their ideas and research regarding humanity issues. The opening ceremony was enlivened by Sigeh Pengunten Traditional Dance and warm welcome remarks from the committee, Master of International Relations Department, and The Rector of Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P.
Korps and Master of International Relations were so proud to have Prof. Dr. Bernard Adeney Risakotta, Prof. Dr.Tulus Warsito, and Prof. Dr. Mochtar Mas’ud to become the keynote speakers. The first speaker, Prof. Dr. Bernard Adeney Risakotta, who’s a Professor of Social Science and Religion at Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies has explained about cultural and religious diversity in Indonesia. Prof. Risakotta who has also lived in Indonesia for 27 years, started the seminar with his interesting experience when he hit the big hole on the road while driving from Bali to Yogyakarta with his wife, there were two young men who stopped and helped him fix the car regardless their ethnicity and religion. The disaster such as earthquake also has the power to unify people with different idea, culture, ethnicity. It has shown that sometimes in Indonesia, boundaries of ethnicity and religion are crossed. Diversity is not the root of conflict that leads people to hate each other, rather it is a fear of the unknown, fear of other ethnicity or religion.
At the second session, Prof. Tulus Warsito has presented about the refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. Prof. Tulus has seen that man-made disaster and conflict are the major cause of refugees and displaced persons. Prof. Tulus has noted that establishing international protocols or international law is not enough to protect refugees and IDP’s right, especially their right to live and reunify with their family. The stakeholders need to adjust the principle of humanity, omit distrust and xenophobia among the stakeholders.
As the last speaker, Prof. Mochtar Mas’ud has explained the major problem of global humanity. There are several problems that people are facing right now, such as inequality among people and division among people that are getting worse, inability to manage the anger; even people tend to organize anger to create reckless politic, politic hysteria and economic crisis that led people to play victim and blame the others for the cause of problems that they are facing, etc. Prof. Mochtar has said, people nowadays prefer to solve those matters based on primordial solution and it made the problems getting worse. If several states still issue unwise foreign policy, the human race will be wiped out in the next 50 years.
Three keynote speakers have successfully intrigued attendees to ask several questions. For each session, Miss. Masyitoh as the moderator has given the chance for three attendees to ask. Some attendees asked about the global problems that people are facing nowadays, such as moral relativism, compassion fatigue, leaderless world, chauvinism, and Rohingya IDP’s, etc. The seminar ended with awarding and photo session.