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AJAR Intensive Course – Foundations for Peace: An Introduction to Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Asian Contexts

May 30 - June 4


AJAR Intensive Course, Kampung Damai, Bali, 30 May–4 June 2018

In 2010, the UN Secretary General issued a guidance note on transitional justice, affirming the key principles and a way forward to strengthening the rule of law. Transitional justice is defined as “the full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a society’s attempt to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale past abuses in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation.” Many countries in Asia are in transition towards stronger democracies as a foundation for sustainable peace. What contributions do human rights and transitional justice make to such transitions happening in Asia?

Timor-Leste, Thailand and South Korea have established truth commissions, while other Asian countries and territories (such as Nepal, and Aceh and Papua in Indonesia) have the unrealized promise of a truth commission built into peace agreements or special autonomy settlements, The prosecution of perpetrators of serious crimes in Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangladesh have led to mixed outcomes. Although governments in Thailand, Aceh (Indonesia) and Nepal have provided some interim relief for victims, no country in Asia offers a comprehensive reparations program and the majority of Asian countries have yet to ratify the Rome Statute. The lack of a strong regional organization in Asia to protect and promote human rights makes the struggle to combat impunity in Asia a tough one.

This six-day foundational course will bring together youth, civil society actors and policymakers from across the region to learn lessons from the field, human rights principles, and best practices for accountability. AJAR will also invite human rights practitioners as resource persons to share their concrete experiences of working in difficult transitions. This foundational course will encourage debate and exchange among participants, and will include sharing and reflection on country contexts and innovative transitional justice strategies.

What participants can expect from the course:

  • a solid understanding of human rights, transitional justice and emerging issues, particularly in Asian contexts;
  • training and facilitation led by experts from the field;
  • an opportunity to network with participants and practitioners from Asia and beyond;
  • a participatory and mutual learning environment; and
  • a comfortable setting in the semi-modern and eco-friendly Kampung Damai training center within walking distance of the south coast of Bali.

Transitions to democracies based on the rule of law may take decades to achieve. Increasing expertise and knowledge in Asia can be a bridge to pursue accountability for mass crimes through policy change, broadened cross-regional collaboration and innovative human rights initiatives. This bi-annual intensive course facilitates learning for those who seek to study and address challenges to justice and peace commonly faced in transitional settings in Asia.

Log­­istics Information

  • Dates: 30 May–4 June 2018
  • Location: Kampung Damai, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Gang Sri Kahyangan No 1, Canggu – Kuta Utara Bali
  • Fees: 800 USD (accommodation, meals, training materials and tuition)
  • Accommodation: Shared rooms at Kampung Damai (AJAR Learning Centre)
  • Transport: Participants are expected to pay for and manage their own travel (to/from Denpasar, Bali) and visas. Kampung Damai will provide transport from the airport to the training centre.

Inquiries and Registration

Registration will remain open until seats are filled. For inquiries and registration for this course, please contact AJAR’s Program Assistant, Clevyra Wang at cwang@asia-ajar.org.

To download the entire information packet, please click here.


May 30
June 4
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