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Asia Justice and Rights

Jakarta, Indonesia
Joined August 2019

Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) is a regional justice and rights organization based in Jakarta. We work in contexts where mass violations have taken place to strengthen justice and rights initiatives.

Presence in: Australia, Bangladesh, East Timor, Indonesia, Myanmar
Focus: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice

AJAR is a non-profit human rights organisation whose core mandate is to prevent and seek just solutions for mass human rights violations in the Asia Pacific region. AJAR’s headquarters is in Jakarta, with programs in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Solomon Islands. AJAR also conducts Asia regional programs and events, provides technical assistance, and contributes to international initiatives on victims’ rights, justice, and accountability. AJAR has a strong focus on assisting survivors of serious rights abuses and contributing to gender justice initiatives.

AJAR achieves its goals through:

  • trainings, exchanges, and strengthening networks to increase the knowledge and capacity ofsurvivors, human rights defenders, and government officials;
  • undertaking research to establish and share the truth concerning mass human rightsviolations. As part of this work AJAR has developed unique participatory methods where victims are not the ‘objects’ of researchers, but take an active part in processes that include self-healing and empowerment;
  • utilising the results of our research in advocacy to national, regional, and international organisations such as the United Nations;
  • increasing popular, broad-based understanding of human rights, justice, tolerance, gender balance, etc. through use of mass media. This has included creating popular television series with human rights themes in Myanmar and Timor-Leste, producing documentaries, recording rights-related music, and social media campaigns.
  • contributing to the empowerment of women survivors and human rights defenders so that their voices have an increased impact on policy and practice.

People Associated With This Organization

Mutiara Kurniasari

Asia Justice and Rights
Joined August 2021
Learning and Development Officer at AJAR, Indonesia

Patrick Burgess

Asia Justice and Rights
Joined August 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice
Patrick Burgess is an international human rights expert and co-founder and President of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR.) He is an Australian barrister who has lived and worked full-time in Asia full time for 20 years. Patrick’s previous positions include Senior Member and Acting Principal Member (head) of the Australian Refugee Tribunal, Director of Human Rights for two UN peacekeeping missions to Timor Leste, Commissioner of the Timor Leste Judicial Commission, three years as Principal Legal Counsel to the Timor Leste Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CAVR) and five years as Asia Director for the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ.)

Patrick has worked on peace and post conflict programs in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. He was a member of the UN Panel of Experts responsible for drafting the UN Model Criminal Code and the recent UN Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems. Patrick has been responsible for creating highly popular ‘rights-based drama’ edutainment TV series in Myanmar and Timor Leste viewed by over 8 million people.

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