Access to Environmental Justice

Access to justice for victims of climate change and environmental degradation remains limited, hindering their ability to hold governments accountable for their obligations. Strengthening access to justice through enhanced capacities and cross-institutional coordination between legal professionals and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) is crucial for achieving just transitions. 

Improved access to environmental justice facilitates more efficient enforcement of environmental laws that are inclusive and equitable. Prosecutors, lawyers, and NHRIs equipped with adequate knowledge and skills related to human rights and the environment, can more effectively investigate, build evidence-based cases, and pursue legal actions against individuals and entities responsible for environmental degradation and atmospheric pollution. Better engagement between prosecutors, lawyers, NHRIs and regional mechanisms encourages cross-sectoral collaboration, which is crucial for addressing the multidimensional aspects of environmental justice, as it involves legal, human rights, and environmental perspectives. In essence, cross-sectoral engagement facilitates a more holistic and comprehensive approach to just transitions, ensuring that economic, social, and environmental considerations are integrated. 

RAPP 2 aims to address climate change and environmental issues in Southeast Asia, focusing on climate change and air and water pollution. It integrates human rights and gender equality to ensure environmental protection efforts are socially equitable. Improved access to environmental justice facilitates more efficient enforcement of environmental laws and encourages cross-sectoral collaboration for a holistic approach to just transitions. 

RWI’s capacity-building efforts complement existing judicial training programs, targeting a wider range of justice stakeholders. These efforts aim to create an enabling environment for greater access to justice, bridging gaps between human rights, environmental, and judicial sectors. 

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Windi Arini

Windi Arini

Country Director (a.i.), Indonesia


Windi is currently the Country Director (a.i.) in Indonesia. She manages activities on localizing human rights in the context of SDGs in Asia Pacific and RWIs engagement with young people in the region. Her multidimensional role also allows her to oversee the national programmes in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

She graduated from Atma Jaya Catholic University (Faculty of Law) in 2010 and dedicated the following years working at a law firm targeting capacity building for the Indonesian military. As a committed and passionate young professional, she taught foundational knowledge on international humanitarian law to the Indonesian military.

After obtaining her master’s degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo, she spent almost 4 years as a human rights officer at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. She worked on various thematic areas including children and women’s rights, business human rights, as well as the rights of persons with disabilities. She provided technical support and managed projects for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR).

When Windi is not in the office, she enjoys reading, traveling, and is very fond of spicy food.

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