On 25th October 2018, Komnas HAM invited representatives of UN agencies based in Indonesia in preparation for a lively and festive joint-commemoration of International Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) scheduled for 10 December 2018.
This event was introduced by the Deputy Chairperson of Komnas HAM, Sandrayati Moniaga, who announced activities that will be carried out by Komnas HAM from 10th to 11th December 2018 in Jakarta.
Elaborating on Komnas HAM’s plan, Sandra announced, "We will hold national seminars and workshops based on three main topics, The Resolution of Gross Human Rights Violations in The Past, Agrarian Reform, and Handling of Intolerance, Radicalism and Extremism with Violence."
Adding to the introduction, Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara highlighted that "the President of the Republic of Indonesia is concerned with efforts to promote and enforce human rights."
In order to address the concerns of the President of Indonesia, Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara announced that Komnas HAM has planned a series of activities which will culminate in the celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Right’s 70th at the Human Rights Festival in Wonosobo from 13th to 15th November 2018 and the Human Rights Session from 21st to 22nd November 2018.
In an open discussion, representative from UNESCO, Irakli Khodeli explained that UNESCO plans to conduct several activities related to Human Rights Day, all of which would involve cooperation Komnas HAM.
Irakali detailed that "among UNESCO’s plans are programs to implement SDGs monitoring devices to certain sectors, such as disability and demography."
Following Irakli Khodeli’s input, representatives from UN Women, United Nations Information Center, and UNCHR discussed the plans of their respective institutions with regards to Human Rights Day and suggested probable cooperation with Komnas HAM.
The activities that will be implemented are quite diverse and ranges from 16 days of anti-gender based violence campaigns (GBV), the launching of pocket books for refugees and asylum seekers, and short video competitions on human rights for high school students.
A follow-up meeting will be held in the near future to compile a list of activities in order to establish a schedule of the various events conducted by Komnas HAM and the aforementioned UN agencies.
This list will be used to enhance synergy and cooperation between Komnas HAM and the UN agencies with the aim strengthening human rights advocacy and promotion. (MDH)