HRWG is a network of more than 48 non-governmental organizations working on promoting human rights in Indonesia. It was established in 2000 by NGOs sharing similar interests and seeking a platform to coordinate and lead international advocacy efforts. HRWG’s main objective is to promote government accountability on constitutional obligations and international standards to respect, promote, protect, and fulfill human rights at home by maximizing available human rights mechanisms at different levels.
HRWG has drawn upon its role as a regional actor to further the mission of increasing the effectiveness of human rights advocacy work at the United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Organizations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) with the following objectives:
- impact-oriented to ensure that international advocacy has an impact at the domestic level by working in coordination with human rights defenders and relevant stakeholders, both at the national and international levels;
- cultivating networks and coalitions in bringing and supporting national issues to the national and international arenas;
- capacity building to create a pool of experts, trainers, and human rights defenders from civil society to carry out the work on human rights advocacy;
- monitoring and knowledge building by monitoring Southeast Asian countries’ foreign policy on human rights.
Executive Director of HRWG
Daniel Awigra is a human rights defender and Executive Director of Indonesia’s Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) – Indonesia’s NGO Coalition for the International Human Rights Advocacy, an umbrella group of Indonesian civil society that coordinates Indonesian NGO engagement with the UN and international human rights system, as we all as with ASEAN and other intergovernmental bodies. In this role he engages regularly with the Indonesian government and with Indonesia’s development partners. HRWG’s current focus is on coordinating Indonesian NGO engagement with the UN’s Universal Periodic Review of human rights in Indonesia. He co-founded the Journalist Association for Diversity (SEJUK) in 2008. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Indonesia
Jesse Adam Halim
Person in Charge of the Campaign Division
Jesse is currently working as a Person in Charge of the Campaign Division of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG). Before joining the NGO, he was a journalist and also has been involved in human rights and civil society movements as an individual since he was still a college student. He graduated from Faculty of Communication, Tarumanagara University, with a thesis on the role of media in one of the biggest human right violations which happened in Indonesia in 1965. For HRWG, he leads the production of podcast episodes as one of campaign strategies and supports overall communication strategies as well as project implementation.
Networking Divison and Program Officer
Alysa or usually called Icha currently working as a Person in Charge of the Networking Division and Program Officer of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG). She’s a graduate of Law from Islamic State University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. In addition to program management, in this role she focuses on engaging with HRWG’s network through coalition programs.
Ariela Naomi Syifa
Program Officer, Person in Charge of Research Division
Ifa is currently working for HRWG as a Program Officer and the Person in Charge of the Research Division. She is a recent bachelor of International Relations graduate from Universitas Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” Jakarta with a thesis about the research on The Effect of COVID-19 on the Protection of Migrant Workers’ Rights in the Construction Sector in Singapore. In HRWG she focuses on running several programs and doing research to support them.