The Asia Pacific Centre on the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) works closely with the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) Indonesia in hosting workshops and public seminars in Indonesia. Since June 2013, APR2P has shared policy papers and research on preventing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) with Legal Support for Children and Women (LCSW). In 2014, APR2P and HRWG-Indonesia co-hosted a series of workshops for Indonesian parliamentarians on mass atrocities prevention, the first in Bogor and the second in Tangerang, Indonesia. HRWG was also a key advisor for an APR2P workshop held in August 2014 in Jakarta on ASEAN, and 2015 public seminar on the HLAP Report.
HRWG is a network of more than 48 non-governmental organizations working on the promotion of human rights in Indonesia. It was established in 2000 by NGOs seeking out a platform to coordinate and lead international advocacy efforts. HRWG's main objective is to promote government accountability of constitutional obligations and international standards to respect, promote, protect, and fulfill human rights by maximizing available human rights mechanisms at different levels. Their advocacy efforts are aimed at the United Nations, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Organizations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Contacts in Indonesia
Mr. Rafendi Djamin
Executive Director, HRWG-Indonesia and Indonesian Representative to the AICHR
Mr. Rafendi Djamin is the representative of Indonesia to the newly-formed ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the first regional human rights mechanism in Asia since 2009. He served as Chair of AICHR in 2011. Rafendi also serves as Executive Director of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), a Jakarta based coalition of Indonesian NGO for international human rights advocacy. In addition, he serves as guest-lecturer in various national and international higher-learning Institutions. After completing his master’s degree in Development Studies, in 1993 Rafendi established an Amsterdam-based Indonesian human rights lobby organisation (Indonesia’s Forum for Human Dignity), with a wide network in the Indonesian archipelago and in some European cities. Indonesia’s Forum for Human Dignity was established to strengthen Indonesian human rights and humanitarian NGOs, by providing expertise on international Lobby work and campaigning.
Ms. Yuyun Wahyuningrum
Senior Program Advisor, HRWG-Indonesia
Ms. Yuyun Wahyuningrum was the Senior Advisor on ASEAN and Human Rights at Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) starting in 2010 until October 2014, when she took up the position of advisor to ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR). Additionally, since 2014, Ms. Wahyuningrum has been Indonesia’s Coordinator for Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She has more than seventeen years of experience with NGO’s, working on various human rights issues in Indonesia and Southeast Asia; such as her work in helping the Indonesian Government draft and adopt the National Plan of Action on the Elimination of Trafficking in Women and Children (2002). For the last eight years, she has been professionally advocating and campaigning for ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) as well as the ASEAN Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW) to be accountable, independent and responsive human rights mechanisms.
For upcoming listings for APR2P events in Indonesia and the region, see Events.
May 2015 – Participation in a Regional Consultation on Civil Society's Inputs to the ASEAN Vision 2025, Jakarta, Indonesia
Dr. Noel Morada and Ms. Sarah Teitt, Regional Director and Deputy Director of APR2P respectively, participated in a Regional Consultation on Civil Society's Inputs to the ASEAN Vision 2025. The event, which was facilitated by HRWG-Indonesia, aims to allow ASEAN member states to give their input to the second phase of ASEAN community building to establish an inclusive, open society and resilient community.
January 2015 - Public Seminar on the High Level Advisory Panel‘s (HLAP) report held in Jakarta, Indonesia
Topic: Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect: Pathway Towards a Caring ASEAN Community.
On 27 January 2015, APR2P, in cooperation with Human Rights Working Group Indonesia and the Embassy of The Netherlands, organized a public seminar on the HLAP Report at the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta. Some 50 participants from various sectors attended the seminar, which was conducted in Bahasa, Indonesia. Ambassador Dr. Makarim Wibisono, a member of the HLAP and the current UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine, presented the HLAP Report and highlighted the significance of promoting R2P in Southeast Asia. Retired Lt. General Agus Widjojo and Ms. Roichatul Aswidah of the Indonesian human rights commission (Komnas-HAM) served as discussants in the seminar.
December 2014 - Seminar on the Role of Parliament in Mass Atrocity Prevention held in Tangerang, Indonesia
This two-day seminar, held 12-13 December 2014, was part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by APR2P and its partner organizations. The previous seminar, held in Bogor, Indonesia in June 2014, focused on the integral role parliament and civil society groups play in promoting R2P principles. There were more than three dozen participants in the seminar, ranging in affiliation from human rights organizations and national human rights commissions, to parliamentarians and their staff, to NGOs working in the field of conflict analysis and resolution.
August 2014 – Joint AP R2P/DFAT Workshop held in Jakarta, Indonesia
Topic: ASEAN and the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Conflict and Humanitarian Situations
This workshop, hosted by APR2P with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, sought to draw attention to high-level commitments to eliminate violence against women in the ASEAN region. The event was attended by 48 leaders from the government sector, nongovernment organizations and international organizations from ASEAN countries. Acting British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste, Rebecca Razavi, delivered the keynote address on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. The report below highlights the key themes discussed at the workshop and the recommendations put forward by participants to augment regional efforts to prevent violence against women in conflict and humanitarian situations.
June 2014 - Seminar on the role of Parliamentarians and Civil Society in Indonesia held in Bogor, Indonesia
In collaboration with HRWG, the APR2P center held a two-day seminar in Bogor on mass atrocities prevention on 5-6 June 2014. The meeting focused on the role of parliamentarians and civil society groups in promoting the Responsibility to Protect principle and was attended by 15 participants from various sectors. The seminar opened new opportunities for further promotion of R2P in Indonesia and engaged participants in serious conversation on current issues related to human rights protection.
June 2009 – Workshop on Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection held in Jakarta, Indonesia
This one-day workshop comprised three main sessions: (1) exploring the legal and philosophical issues surrounding the protection of civilians in Southeast Asia; (2) examining the norms, practices and mechanisms that hinder or facilitate conflict prevention and resolution in Southeast Asia; and (3) addressing the prospect for the UN and regional levels to create a standing, rapid-response peacekeeping capacity. APR2P was represented by Sarah Teitt, who sat on the first panel and challenged the perception that Southeast Asia states are R2P spoilers by highlighting situations in which the region has supported the R2P agenda, including the regions contribution to civilian protection worldwide.