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SUAKA – The Indonesian Civil Society Network for Refugee Rights Protection

Jakarta , Indonesia
Joined December 2015
Presence in: Indonesia

About Suaka
“SUAKA” is the Bahasa Indonesia word for asylum. The network came together in October 2012 when a group of like-minded individuals and organisations realised that there was a gap in providing legal assistance and human rights advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia.

Mission
Suaka works to protect and promote the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia by:
1 Providing legal aid, advice and information to asylum seekers and refugees;
2 Empowering asylum seekers and refugees to understand and advocate for their human rights;
3 Raising public awareness on asylum and refugee issues; and
4 Advocating for policies that protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

People Associated With This Organization

Angga Reynady

Indonesia  
SUAKA – The Indonesian Civil...
Joined June 2022
Interests: Community Paralegals, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Refugees & Migrant Rights
Working as Empowerment and Legal Aid Staff of SUAKA. I conduct programs and works related legal empowerment efforts for refugees such as discussion series, paralegal training, and writing any legal information documents. Beside of those works, I also conduct legal consultation and legal aid services for refugees in any legal case matters.

Atika Yuanita Paraswaty

Indonesia  
SUAKA – The Indonesian Civil...
Joined June 2022
Interests: Community Paralegals, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy, Refugees & Migrant Rights
Atika Yuanita Paraswaty currently serves as Chairperson of SUAKA (Indonesian Civil Society Association for Refugee Rights Protection). She has been involved in work related to refugees since 2011 as a legal advisor and co-founder of SUAKA. She is engaged in work at SUAKA, providing legal advice and assistance, engaging in advocacy and networking, and planning the organization's work agenda. Consultation and legal aid provided related to RSD and Domestic Law. She has also worked at the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, Arus Pelangi, and a law firm. She has gained experience in providing legal aid and advocacy since there.

Regarding legal empowerment, she is co-writer of the module, co-facilitator in organizing community-based refugee paralegal training, and co-author of a pocket book for community-based refugee paralegals. SUAKA has held two basic training sessions for refugees in Indonesia. It is hoped that they will understand human rights and Indonesian law to advocate for themselves and their communities when facing legal problems.

She has earned a bachelor's degree at Trisakti University, majoring in procedure law, and earned a master's degree at the University of Indonesia, majoring in Law and Criminal Justice System. In addition, she is a licensed attorney with experience in legal advocacy, both in litigation and non-litigation and policy advocacy. The focus issues she studied were Criminal Law, Refugee Law; Procedural Law; Human Rights Law.

Atika is very interested in joining the network because she wants to know and exchange knowledge and experience with the network regarding legal empowerment, especially for refugees.

Rizka Argadianti Rachmah

Indonesia  
SUAKA – The Indonesian Civil...
Joined March 2015
Interests: Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Refugees & Migrant Rights
Indonesian human rights activist. She began her human rights works from the issue of Freedom of Religion and Belief. One of her publication was about the Human Rights Violence toward Cikeusik Chapter of Indonesia Ahmadiyya Congregation which published by ELSAM on 2014. She also contributes to the International Human Rights Mechanism book initiated by the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), and leading the Baseline Research on Rohingya Refugee situation in Indonesia under SUAKA. She also working on human rights advocacy works through Southeast Asia Human Rights Mechanism as well as UN and OIC. Currently she serve as the Country Consultant for HOST International (an organisation based in Australia) and Program Development Advisor for SUAKA.

Sunili Govinnage

Indonesia  
SUAKA – The Indonesian Civil...
Joined March 2015
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Education, Generalist Legal Services, Other
About Suaka
“SUAKA” is the Bahasa Indonesia word for asylum. The network came together in October 2012 when a group of like-minded individuals and organisations realised that there was a gap in providing legal assistance and human rights advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia.

Mission
Suaka works to protect and promote the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia by:

1. Providing legal aid, advice and information to asylum seekers and refugees;
2. Empowering asylum seekers and refugees to understand and advocate for their human rights;
3. Raising public awareness on asylum and refugee issues; and
4. Advocating for policies that protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

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