Creating civil awareness towards law and human rights in Merauke

Hopefully local community could understand and aware on human rights and legal matters.

Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Papua in cooperation with Hapin Papua held a Workshop on Legal Education and Human Rights in Merauke, 18 – 20 January 2011.

The workshop aimed on sharing knowledge and raise awareness in the community on legal matters and human rights, such as investigation strategies and tactics, human rights violation advocacy, creating networks for human rights monitoring, forming a group to watch and support law and human rights law enforcement in Merauke.

The workshop was attended by 35 participants (18 woman and 17 male) from traditional leaders, religion leaders, youth leaders, head of villages and citizens.

The participants discussed several issues on legal and human rights in Merauke: drunk issues, rapes, illegal logging, expropriation of customary land rights, domestic violence, sand excavation in Buti and Yoba, gambling and health issue.

Topics delivered by presenters on the workshop were about introduction to International Human Rights, understandings on heavy human rights violation and genocide, knowlegde on civil rights on politics, economy and sociocultural, and understandings on definitions and types of violance against women and the punishment for the convicts.

There were also topics such as victim’s rights based on KUHP (Indonesian laws), skills for identification, interogation, analysis, and cronologic representation of an incident were elaborated to the participants.

Through this workshop, participants learn more on capacity building and development of basic skills on legal matters, which can be used to help the community on justice and human rights.

Having knowledge on these matters, local community will be able to support Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Papua in returne by observing, reporting and assisingt on violation of laws and human rights.

Source: Hapin


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One response to “Creating civil awareness towards law and human rights in Merauke

  1. Education is a very powerful tool on combating the lack of awareness on human rights. It is the primary step to battle the violations that is created by lack of knowledge.


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