Asia Programme

The Asia Programme aimed to empower organizations and institutions to implement human rights initiatives, believing this would improve conditions for those in poverty. Through activities like seminars and training programs, it sought to empower rights-holders and duty-bearers. 

The Asia Programme operated on the premise that bolstering the capabilities of Rooted in a human rights-based approach to development, the Programme aimed to empower rights-holders to claim their entitlements and duty-bearers to fulfil their human rights obligations. 

In Indonesia, significant strides were made in enhancing infrastructure to execute the Indonesian National Human Rights Action Plan. This development not only augmented the capacity for advocating human rights but also extended its reach across national and provincial levels. The improved infrastructure provided a robust platform for more effective and widespread human rights advocacy efforts throughout the country. Another noteworthy achievement emerged from within the Indonesian correctional service, where human rights considerations were successfully woven into decision- and policy-making processes. This integration represented a fundamental shift, marking a significant step towards ensuring that human rights were firmly entrenched within the country’s justice system. 

Meanwhile, in Thailand, targeted human rights research centers, particularly the Office of Human Rights Studies and Social Development at Mahidol University, experienced a notable transformation. Their capabilities were strengthened, empowering them to undertake professional human rights education projects and engage in impactful research endeavours, thereby contributing significantly to the advancement of human rights knowledge and awareness. 

Furthermore, the programme facilitated the enhancement of institutional capacities, paving the way for the establishment of networks dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. These networks served as vital conduits for collaboration, information exchange, and collective action, amplifying the impact of human rights initiatives at local, national, and regional levels. 

During this programme, RWI also established a field office in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2005. This milestone was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia in 2006. 

For more information on RWI’s works in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific, please visit the RWI Regional Asia Pacific Office website. 






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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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