Press Release on the Global Emerging Young Leaders Award 2018 By United States Department of State in Washington D.C.
The Executive Director of Sandya Institute, Diovio Alfath is honored with the Emerging Young Leaders Award 2018, it is a prestigious award given by the United States (U.S) Department of State in Washington D.C for 10 global young leaders across the world who have shown courage and tenacity in promoting sustainable peace. The initiative was started under Obama administration in 2016. The award was given in a public ceremony at the Burns Auditorium, George C Marshall Conference Center, U.S Department of State, Washington, D.C.
The 2018 awardees are:
- Sara Abdullah Abdulrahman, Iraq
- Diovio Alfath, Indonesia
- Ece Çiftçi, Turkey
- Tanzil Ferdous, Bangladesh
- Zina Salim Hassan Hamu, Lithuania
- Dania Hassan, Pakistan
- Nancy Herz, Norway
- Isasiphinkosi Mdingi, South Africa
- José Rodríguez, Panama
- Firuz Yogbekov, Tajikistan
these 10 remarkable young people visit the United States for an intensive program, from April 29 to May 12 2018, specially designed to expand their leadership capacities, strengthen their knowledge of management strategies in the non-profit, government and private sectors, learn and share best practices, and broaden their networks of resources and support. The program provides skills training to set awardees on paths for increased collaboration on global issues affecting youth, particularly those involved in building peace, combating extremism, and empowering youth. Indonesia is honored to receive the award through its young leader named Diovio Alfath, after being nominated by the U.S Embassy in Jakarta.
Diovio Alfath is a 23 year-old young leader and human rights activist, he is the Founder and Executive Director of Sandya Institute, a non-government organization focuses on the protection and empowerment of minority groups and refugees in Indonesia through peacebuilding, counter-violent extremism and human rights advocacy. Its programs including School of Peace and Human Rights, a series of seminar and training for students and young professionals on pluralism and human rights issues, research of Know Your Rights Book - a research and writing of guiding books for minority of religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality and refugees, containing legal information and emergency contacts, and Sunrise Refugee Learning Center, a learning center for asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia that teaches English, Indonesian, cultural and legal knowledge, it has been teaching more than 150 asylum seekers and refugees from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, Vietnam, Iraq and Iran.
Diovio Alfath has been actively involved in leadership activities since a very young age. In 2014, he was invited to meet and discuss with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon and world leaders at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization Global Forum in Bali, he was inspired and later decided to create a youth platform to make the world a better place, to bring peace and harmony in Indonesia. As a young leader, Diovio idolizes KH Abdurrahman Wahid, the Father of Indonesian pluralism who teaches us respect and toleration for minority groups in Indonesia, that is what Diovio told the world in a talkshow led by the Assistant Secretary Marie Royce, in front of diplomats, ambassadors and hundreds of invitees from across the world. He also spoke that he was driven by the spirit to fight for justice because of seeing persecution happened to people around him. In that talkshow, Diovio also reminded us that Indonesia has seen a rise of religious extremism and amidst a global refugee crisis. Minorities in Indonesia continue to face persecution that mostly driven by exclusivity and superiority of a certain religious followers. As a transit country for refugees, Indonesia is now handling 13.800 refugees mostly from Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Myanmar, since Indonesia is not the signatory of 1951 Refugee Convention, the rights of refugees in Indonesia are limited and they are now living under concerning situation.
Public Relations Team
Sandya Institute for Peace and Human Rights