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Jakarta Post

Global youth tap into conventional, modern activism

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Fri, December 6 2019   /  01:44 am

Irish law student Colm Kelly-Ryan, 21, has had to fly in from Sweden, passing through the United Kingdom and Singapore on a 16,000-kilometer trip around the world, in order to take part in the 2019 Bali Democracy Student Forum.Luckily, he found the journey to be a worthwhile experience.As a graduate student focused on human rights law at Lund University, Kelly-Ryan was just one of 113 youngsters from 50 countries to participate in the international student forum, which is gaining traction as a training ground for future human rights and democracy activists.Speaking to the delegates on Wednesday evening about “Democracy and Inclusivity”, the theme of this year’s forum, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi insisted that the younger generation would have a big role in shaping democracy and communities, and that it would be impossible to talk about inclusivity without including them in di...