This is a fundraising campaign for Aizat's Master's Study in September 2018. Please read the details below:
I intend to pursue my master's degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (LL.M) at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Germany out of three offered master's programs abroad. I believe that I need study in Germany to:
- benefit from the academic freedom to write, think and speak
- grow my academic qualification and career with positive recognition in pro-human rights environment
- learn German language as my fourth spoken language
- access more quality education taught by highly qualified academics and practitioners
- West Europe is a strategic region for intellectual discourse - panel discussions, conferences and workshops
- cheaper university fee in Germany than other European counterpart
My master's thesis will focus on revisiting anti-blasphemy legal regime that is strongly enforced, from imprisonment to death penalty in most of Muslim-majority countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Bahrain that prosecute critical or dissenting citizens. This has also become a moral policing problem by the vigilante group among the Muslim diaspora in Europe, Mindanao and Southern Thailand.
This research is aimed to be a solution-oriented blueprint for these governments to do a gradual and realistic reform in their respective country. It will cross-examine its impact on wide-ranging issues such as human rights, progressive Islamic scholarship, corruption, extremism, terrorism, emigration, brain-drain and political risks in economic sector.
Statement of Need
However, I cannot afford to support my study due to mainly financial constraint. Firstly, my father is a navy retiree and my mother is a full-time house maker, to just adequately feed 3 siblings still in schools. Secondly, the currency conversion from Euro to Malaysian Ringgit is about €1.00 to RM4.75, very high. Thirdly, for the organizations that I am working with, 90% are volunteer-based.
My interest has always been improving human rights and countering extremist mentality in Malaysia and Muslim majority countries. This is very tough especially in countries where authoritarianism is ruling, extremist vigilante is dominant, and democracy is nascent or deteriorating. But someone has to do the job.
- A graduate of Law and Islamic Law (LL.B.S) from Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM)
- Debater in Malay, Arabic and English
- Law Mooter in Philip C. Jessup (Litigation) and Lawasia (Arbitration)
- Founder and Country Director of Komuniti Muslim Universal (KMU) since 2015, an organization that advocates for human rights and counters extremist narratives.
- Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue for Youth (IIDY) on religious freedom and tolerance 2016
- #UlamaBersamaWanita on women's rights under the framework of counter extremism 2017
- Consultant of UK Exchange Program on Counter Extremism with the UK Government 2016 and of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Intercultural Forum 2016
- Panelist at OHCHR Conference of Freedom of Religion and Belief and Sexuality 2016 in Geneva on “Freedom of Expression, Thoughts and Conscience: Empowering Youth and Religious Leaders through SDGs and UN Instruments”
- Panelist at UN Habitat Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting Meeting 2015 in Jakarta on “Championing Youth Activism & Sustainable Development Goals for Peaceful World”
- Economic and Political Analyst at Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) in 2017:
- coordinated, organized and moderated panel discussions on asset declaration, freedom of information and whistleblower's law.
- Monthly training with young lawyers on United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
- creation of Kleptopoly board game on 1MDB corruption scandal - 1000 units of production
- Fellow at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen or Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany (2017)
- Professional Fellow of Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) in 2018 under the United States Department
- Visiting Researcher at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University in 2018
- Writings on: Marriage: An Issue of Legal Concern in Malaysia, Occupational Stress – The Law & Practice, Threats to Feminism in Malaysia, Sharia Law in Kelantan and Terengganu, It’s Time for Malaysian Muslims to Choose, On LGBT Malay Being A Refugee, Otherness in the Muslim World, Interview with ifa: The Battle of Narrative, #UlamaBersamaWanita on women's rights and etc.
I implore your generous investment that would support 65% of the overall cost of my master's study. Here is the breakdown of the 60% ($20,000 for 3 Semesters in 18 Months):
University fees - $7,000
Monthly room rental - $6,000
Monthly stipend (food, public transport, printing, books, etc.) - $6,500
Incidental fees for fundraising transaction - $500
*25% will be funded by small scholarship in Germany
Thank you for your generosity, I appreciate your support and will make sure that you will get updates from this investment.
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at [email protected], I will reply your concern as soon as possible.