Many victims of atrocities throughout Indonesia and the region remain isolated and fearful to speak about what happened to them or their family members. The impact of the atrocities experienced by victims includes the loss of property, employment, and other opportunities for economic security. AJAR has learned that social apathy and amnesia have strengthened a culture of impunity.
Speaking out about an injustice (past or present) brings unwelcomed scrutiny and risks, which sustains a passive community. Like a muscle that needs to be trained, accountability starts with the demanding some kind of transparency for everyday struggles at a local level.
In response to this, AJAR and its partners is initiating the establishment of local community learning centers. The objectives are:
- To empower victims of human rights violations and their communities to become empowered and engaged citizens
- To strengthen local and national government response in providing basic services for victims and their communities
To strengthen victims capacity to monitor and advocate for the fulfillment of their rights, and access quality services to which they are entitled.