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After the Geneva Meetings: Strengthening Commitment and Establishing a Regional Office in Indonesia

  May 24th 2022

International Board Members and Executive Committee of

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Since 2010, the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) Yogyakarta has managed the regional coordination of Indonesia. The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) is a consortium of three universities: Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). Together, the consortium offers an integrative, international Ph.D. program in inter-religious studies. ICRS is a unique religious study as it is co-sponsored by Muslim, Christian, and national-secular universities. Since 2018, ICRS Core Doctoral Faculty member Dr. Dicky Sofjan has been a member of the panel of experts for In late 2021, Sofjan was inducted into’s international board and attended its meeting on April 29-30, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. Other board members from Switzerland, Germany, India, Canada, and Brazil also attended the two-day hybrid meeting at the office located at the Ecumenical Center in the heart of the picturesque city of Geneva.

One of many of the decisions of the international board was to establish a regional office in Indonesia, located at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Sofjan has also been tasked to lead the office in Yogyakarta as its National Director and recruit a National Program Officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Indonesia regional office. In addition to attending the international board meeting of, Sofjan also met with the Program Executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation Dr. Abraham Silo, Dean of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey Dr. Simone Sinn, and Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations Dr. Sivin Kit. Aside from that, Sofjan also met with OHCHR Human Rights Officer Michael Wiener and Chief of the Human Rights Treaties Branch at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ibrahim Salama.


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International Board Members, Executive Committee and Staff of

Meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Jardin Botanique.