Our Team

Patrick Burgess | PresidentPatrick Burgess is an international human rights expert and co-founder of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR). Patrick has previously worked on peace and post-conflict programs in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi. He was also a member of the UN Panel of Experts responsible for drafting the UN Model Criminal Code and the recent UN Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems. Galuh Wandita | DirectorGaluh Wandita began working on peace and conflict issues in 1996. She was a humanitarian worker with Oxfam during the 1999 referendum in East Timor, and later on joined the UN’s Human Rights Unit. In 2002-2005 she was appointed Deputy Director of Timor-Leste’s truth commission (CAVR) and drafted key chapters in Timor-Leste’s truth commission report, “Chega!” in 2005. In 2012, she co-founded Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and continues to lead the organization as its Director.

Jose Luis de Oliveira | Director, Timor-LesteA senior civil society leader, Jose Luis de Oliveira was a founding member of two key human rights organizations, HAK Association and Fokupers during the turbulent years leading to East Timor’s referendum in 1999. Jose Luis held key positions during the transition towards independence, including as a member of the Working Group for Voters’ Education and the Steering Committee on Civic Education. In 2011, Jose Luis was elected as executive secretary for the National Victims’ Association. He also served as an advisor to the International Center for Transitional Justice’s program in Timor-Leste.

Dodi Yuniar | Learning, Communications, and Development ManagerDodi Yuniar is a communications specialist and community educator. He has focused in conducting participatory action research at grass-root level and producing community-based media to voicing social justice, including in promoting the rights to truth for victims of human rights violations. He was the head of the community-media unit in the Foundation for Peoples Education (YPRI), Editor-in-Chief for the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST) publications, and public information specialist for the International Center of Transitional Justice (ICTJ) in Indonesia, He has produce manuals, short films, and child-friendly publications for East Timor’s truth commission report (Chega!) and the women submission to the Solomon Island’s truth commission.

Indria Fernida Alphasonny | Regional Program ManagerIndria Fernida Alphasonny is a human rights lawyer and an advocate for human rights and state accountability in Indonesia and Asia for more than 15 years, her professional human rights skills include issues of international human rights law, transitional justice and security sector reform. She was Deputy Coordinator of the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), an Indonesian NGO, from 2006 until 2012, joining the organization since 1999. She received a Chevening Fellowship from the UK FCO on Reforming Security Sector in Countries Emerging from Conflict at the University of Bradford and Fellowship from Department of State, USA as International Visitor Leadership Program of ASEAN Human Rights Monitoring and Protection, East Asia and Pacific Regional Project.


Mulki Makmun | Program Manager, Indonesia

Mulki Makmun began volunteering at ICW (Indonesia Corruption Watch) in 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor of Criminology from the University of Indonesia in 2014. He later continued as a junior researcher in the human rights field from 2014 to 2016 with The Commission for Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) in Jakarta. He assisted in producing various reports on civil and political rights in Indonesia, such as torture, the death penalty, a counter-terrorism bill, and research on economic and social rights, focusing on land rights. In 2017, he joined Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) to support searching for and reunifying Stolen Children from Timor-Leste (now adults in Indonesia) to their families in Timor-Leste. With AJAR, he also works with human rights defenders and survivors, producing research reports and continuing the advocacy of mass human rights violations in Indonesia.

Our Board

Governing BoardAJAR’s Governing Board is responsible for guiding the policy work of AJAR and for the governance of the organisation. This includes providing a focused and informed voice on matters of policy in Indonesia and internationally, providing leadership and strategic direction in relation to policy and operations; oversight and monitoring of the policies and operations of AJAR; and making decisions on governance and finance matters in the best interests of AJAR.

ChairpersonIfdal Kasim, lawyer and former chair of Indonesia’s national human rights commission (2008-2011)


  • Putu Oka Sukanta, writer and acupuncturist, Jakarta
  • Zandra Mambrasar, human rights worker, Papua
  • Tati Krisnawaty, women’s rights advocate, West Java
  • Fr. Leo Kleden SVD, educator, Flores
  • I Gede Artika, businessman, Bali
  • Isna Marifa, environmentalist, Jakarta
  • Prihatin Asmidy, business manager, Jakarta
  • Rev. Dr. John Campbell-Nelson, educator, Kupang
  • Samsidar, human rights worker, Aceh 

International Board of Advisors

  • Ian Martin, UN expert and former secretary general of Amnesty International, New York
  • Priscilla Hayner, expert on truth and reconciliation commissions and peace processes, New York
  • Somchai Homlaor, jurist, member of the Law Reform Commission of Thailand,and former member of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bangkok
  • Dr. Jacqueline Hayden, expert on the protection of children in conflict areas, former head of the faculty of early childhood education at Macquarie University, Australia
  • David McQuoid Mason, expert on legal aid, founder of Street Law Program, Professor of Law Durban University, Durban
  • Kieran Dwyer, expert in human rights communications, New York
  • Rosalia Sciortino, formerly senior staff with Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, expert on ASEAN, Bangkok
  • Saku Akmeemana, international lawyer and access to justice specialist, Washington DC
  • Howard Varney, expert on investigation and prosecution of mass crimes, advisor to a broad range of TRCs and transitional justice processes, Cape Town
  • Dr. Jehan Perera, expert on reconciliation and transitional justice, Colombo Mandira Sharma, founder and executive director of the Advocacy Forum of Nepal, expert on transitional justice, combating torture, London/Kathmandu
  • Lewis Tyndall, barrister and founder of Climate Roundtable, Sydney
  • Pat Walsh, former Advisor to the President of Timor-Leste on reconciliation issues, Dili/Melbourne