Human Rights in Indonesia’s Correctional Facilities

Over the course of 10 years, from 2007 to 2017, RWI partnered with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia (MoLHR) to build sustainable capacity for promoting and protecting human rights. The focus was on juvenile justice laws and the systematic monitoring of compliance with international human rights standards in Indonesian correctional facilities. 

This programme aimed to improve management practices and prisoner treatment through activities such as initial audits, action plan development, capacity building, and final audits to assess progress. The initiative laid the foundation for a human rights-based approach to prisoner treatment, despite challenges such as policy constraints. During the project period, MoLHR implemented a nationwide audit policy based on the programme’s results. 

Furthermore, RWI facilitated the drafting of a ministerial regulation to create a standardised auditing system based on UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRs), establishing it as the national model for internal auditing in correctional facilities. 

The programme also provided relevant knowledge and skills to correctional staff, increased information on the auditing system, and promoted its implementation. The rise in capable auditors and audited prisons, coupled with allocated budgetary resources, created sustainable conditions for a national system monitoring human rights compliance in Indonesian prisons. During the programme period, RWI and MoLHR has trained over 1,000 staff at management and operational levels, mainly from the central office and seven prisons, including two juvenile institutions. 

Furthermore, the programme successfully influenced the government’s short-term strategic direction on justice for children. This collaboration resulted in quality inputs and advocacy for government regulations, the development of an e-learning platform for integrated training, and the creation and dissemination of monitoring and auditing tools specifically targeted to juveniles. 

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



Project Duration 

2007 - 2017

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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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