Equitas has made an important contribution to the growth of the Indonesian human rights movement since Indonesians first began attending the International Human Rights Training Program in Montréal in 1995. Beginning with a series of workshops with the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas Ham) in 1997, our involvement in Indonesia has expanded to encompass a strong network of partnerships and relationships with civil society and government institutions alike across the country.

Equitas partners include NGOs and other civil society organizations, human rights institutions – such as KOMNAS HAM, and government departments such as the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Ministry of Social Affairs. Programs have been and continue to be implemented in partnership with local organizations in the Indonesian language with the active involvement of local experts and the alumni from Equitas programs.

Some Results

  • 2000-2005: Equitas’ Indonesia-Canada Human Rights Education Project strengthened the capacity of two hundred civil society organizations from all regions of Indonesia to engage in more effective human rights monitoring and policy advocacy.
  • 2005-2009: Strengthening Human Rights Protection in Indonesia reinforced the capacity of the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights to implement the country’s national action plan on human rights (RANHAM). 86 staff and representatives of various government ministries involved in the RANHAM, the academic community and the police were trained. The project developed a core group of trainers strategically located across the country and in the province of Aceh. “The knowledge and skills learned were very useful particularly in our work on post-tsunami land rights and handling the land disputes.” The 2005-2009 program led to the publication of Women’s Rights in Muslim Communities: A Resource Guide for Human Rights Educators, a joint research publication by the Directorate General of Human Rights (DG-HAM) of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights (MOLAHR) and Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education.

Current Activities

Annual Human Rights Training Program (AHRTP or Pelatihan HAM Tahunan): this two-week program, given in Bahasa, Indonesia and adapted to address the specific context and pressing issues in Indonesia, is modelled on the IHRTP in Montréal. It has been delivered annually since 2008 by the Indonesian alumni of Equitas programs with technical support and coaching provided by Equitas.

Human Rights Education for Children – Play it Fair! : Equitas is exploring how its highly successful Play it Fair! program can be adapted as a tool to assist Indonesian children in learning about human rights values. There is interest in developing pilot projects in pesantrens and camps for internally displaced. Parts of the tool kit have already been translated into Bahasa, Indonesia.


Human Rights in Social Work: Integrating a Rights-Based Approach into Social Work Workshop Manual (PDF 1.22 MB)
May 7–9, 2010
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Research: Women’s Rights in Muslim Communities (PDF 463 KB)
June, 2009

Integrating a Rights Based Approach into the Work of MOSA (PDF 308 KB)
February 2009
Bandung, Indonesia
Also available in Bahasa Indonesia (PDF 344 KB)

Training of Trainers Generic Manual Generic Manual – RANHAM (PDF 1.37 MB)
Available only in Bahasa Indonesia

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy National Workshop for NGOs (2) (PDF 0.97 MB)
5- 9 May 2003
Jakarta, Indonesia
Also available in Bahasa Indonesia (PDF 0.98 MB)

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