Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) is a non-profit organization, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, whose aim is to contribute to the strengthening of human rights and the alleviation of entrenched impunity in the Asia-Pacific region. Its work focuses on countries involved in transition from a context of mass human rights violations to democracy, where it strives to build cultures based on accountability, justice and a willingness to learn from the root causes of mass human rights violations to help prevent the recurrence of state-sanctioned human rights violations.
AJAR believe that the governments and civil society in Asia who recognize that combating impunity and building strong mechanisms to achieve accountability and respect for victims are essential foundations for peace and prosperity. In this context, Asian countries will be recognized internationally as leading the way in courageously and honestly confronting past violations, using this process to construct new societies based on universal principles of human rights
AJAR’s mission is to increase the capacity of local and national actors, particularly victim’s organizations, in the fight against entrenched impunity, and contribute to building cultures based on accountability, justice and a willingness to learn from the root causes of mass human rights violations in Asia.
Patrick Burgess, President
Patrick is an Australian barrister, formerly Senior Member of the Australian Refugee Tribunal. His experience includes Director of Human Rights for two UN missions to Timor Leste, Principal Legal Counsel for the Timor Leste Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CAVR), five years as Asia Director for the International Center for Transitional Justice, Senior Rule of Law Advisor on various programs in the region. He coordinated humanitarian emergency programs in post-genocide Rwanda, DRC, Uganda, Yemen, and post tsunami Aceh Indonesia; and managed transitional justice teams and programs in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands.
Galuh Wandita, Director, Indonesia and Regional Programs
Galuh was a senior associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice, responsible for country programs in Indonesia and Timor-Leste (2006-2012). She was the Deputy Director of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) in Timor-Leste. She is a co-convener of the Coalition for Justice and Truth in Indonesia, a member of a “citizen’s council” tasked to seek the truth on Indonesia’s past crimes. She obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from Swarthmore College in 1988, and completed a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University in 2007.
Jose Luis de Oliveira, Director, Timor-Leste
A senior civil society leader, Jose Luis was a founding member of two key human rights organizations, HAK Association and (1996) and Fokupers (1997) during the turbulent years leading to East Timor’s referendum in 1999. He coordinated the humanitarian response to provide emergency assistance to internally displaced communities 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. He was appointed as a member of the National Election Commission (2004-2005) supervising the village head elections, and the National Board for Broadcasting (2008-2010.) 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.
Laetitia Bonnet, Program Manager, Myanmar
Laetitia is an international human rights lawyer specialised on victims’ rights. She has worked with victims of mass atrocities for almost 10 years, including under the International Justice program of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). In her previous position at the International Criminal Court (ICC), she worked as a Legal Officer in the Victims’ Participation and Reparation Section (VPRS), where she was in charge of the situations in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR). She spent 2 years in Bangui, CAR, engaging with victims of past conflicts to assist them in obtaining legal representation at the ICC and submit requests for reparation. After leaving the ICC, Laetitia spent time in Colombia providing technical support and learning from a civil society-led Women’s Truth Commission, organised by La Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres.
Dodi Yuniar, Program Manager, Indonesia
Dodi 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.
Atikah Nuraini, Institutional Learning
A human rights educator and practitioner with more than 13 years at the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), Atikah is skilled in training design and evaluation using participatory approach. She has facilitated various human rights training for lawyers, NGO activists, government officials, school teachers, grassroots communities and religious leaders in Indonesia and overseas. Atikah’s expertise include documentation of human rights violations using database applications. She graduated from the Masters Program of Library, Archives, and Information Science at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia (1999), and holds a Graduate Diploma on Information Studies at McGill University, Canada (2000), and B.A on Historical Studies from University of Indonesia (1995) with specialty on History of Social Economy.
Indria Fernida Alphasonny, Thematic Program Coordinator
She is a human rights lawyer and has a long experience for advocacy on human rights in national and international level as she joined the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) in Indonesia for 14 years. She took several internship programmes at some international NGOs, including Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong, TAPOL in London, UK and Amnesty International Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
She obtained a B.A in Law from the University of Parahyangan, Indonesia and further graduated as Master of Philosophy in Theory and Practise of Human Rights at the University of Oslo, Norway. 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.