Fernando Sihotang

Indonesia | Graduated in 2018

Thoughts on the programme: When I applied for the programme, I first looked up the qualifications of the programme directors. All of them have outstanding teaching and practical experience in the human rights field. Besides that, the programme opens the opportunity to be an expert on specific human rights fields. Moreover, there was a lot to learn during the programme and the fact that the students were from different countries made it more interesting.

Professional background: Before joining the programme, I worked with local NGOs focusing on environmental and human rights issues.  I have achieved my professional goal already. I always wanted to be a human rights expert. Thanks to the M.A. Human Rights.

I am currently a lecturer (for undergraduate students) at the University of North Sumatera, Indonesia. I also work for the National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation in Indonesia. I am responsible for coordinating all programmes related to human rights and advocacy affairs at the national level. On top of that I am doing both field and literature research on the working conditions of palm oil plantation workers in Indonesia; on the economic, social and cultural rights situation of the indigenous communities living in the mega-tourism development project of Lake Toba; and on Muslims-Christians relations in Indonesia with regard to having equal access to freedom of religion or belief.