Australia Awards in Indonesia

Human Rights Leadership to Influence Policy

An Online Capacity Building Program with Indonesian Human Rights Advocates/Defenders

(August 2021 – February 2022)


This online program will assist experienced Indonesian human rights advocates in their work to promote and defend human rights in Indonesia. It will facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange with human rights advocates and organisations in Australia and the establishment of collaborative relationships on the rights of Indigenous peoples, the rights of persons with disabilities, the rights of women and children and the rights of LGBT+ communities. It will be delivered by the Diplomacy Training Program with the Australian Human Rights Institute, and the Institute for Global Development at UNSW. It will involve leading human rights advocates from Australia including the Hon Michael Kirby, Chris Sidoti and Professor Justine Nolan and many more.

Program and Learning Objectives:
  • Develop an understanding of how emerging and contemporary human rights issues are being advanced
  • Compare Indonesian and Australian approaches to influencing policies and engaging stakeholders on human rights advocacy, comparing and drawing lessons
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and develop new connections to facilitate coordination between human rights organisations and activists in Indonesia and Australia
  • Develop strategies and practical approaches to influence policies and liaise with decision-makers
  • Develop understandings of, and critically discuss, human rights theory, international and regional human rights institutions and infrastructure
  • Build skills of advocates to be able to influence change, leverage resources, networks and to delegate and develop the capacity of their staff and organisations.
Program Participants:

The participants work in civil society organisations (CSOs) and Indonesia’s National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs). The areas of their advocacy include:

  • Gender (its interaction with religion, sexual violence)
  • Children’s rights (including sexual exploitation, trafficking, parenting and safeguarding issues)
  • Advocacy for persons with disabilities (within the judicial process, job recruitment)
  • Refugee rights and representation
  • Freedom of Religious Belief
  • Rights and safety of Environmental Human Rights Defenders
  • Social exclusion and violence towards the elderly
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • The autonomy law and rights of Papuan peoples
  • Digital rights (particularly legislative curtailments to the freedom of expression)
  • Migrant workers, the rights of workers and the Omnibus Bill
  • Education and vocational training for juvenile prisoners

Program Background Document

The Hon. Michael Kirby's Keynote Address

Indigenous peoples of Indonesia – Calling for Recognition and Respect - article by participant Muhammad Syukron Anshori

Strategies in Influencing Human Rights Policies in ASEAN - presentation by Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) (2019 2021, 2022 2024)

Program Schedule

Summary Report