Presenting the Regional Asia Pacific Programme
For over 25 years, we have been engaged across the Asia Pacific region to play a key strategic role promoting and supporting universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law.
The 21st century the entire Asia Pacific region has seen considerable advances and development across. This has thrusted its diverse cultures and context into the international spotlight. Growth, modernisation and change have increased the importance of ensuring a context that is just, inclusive and sustainable. This context must also mutually reinforces the ongoing protection of human rights, gender equality and the environment across Asia and its communities.
Through long-term constructive partnerships, we work with governments, justice sector institutions, universities and civil society actors, to implement activities focused towards research, capacity development and overall human rights dialogue throughout the region.
Our office in Jakarta, Indonesia, opened in 2005. Our regional cooperation in Asia has to date been funded by Swedish Development Cooperation (Sida).
Visit the Regional Asia Pacific Programme's website to learn more about the programme and its activities:
What we do
In the Regional Asia-Pacific we focus on human rights, gender equality, development and environment. We work together with a number of regional and national partners from different sectors (academia, governments, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), judiciary, and business), and brings decades of experience in generating knowledge, carrying out trainings, and creating platforms for a multi-sectorial dialogue on human rights, environment and gender equality.
People and the active inclusion of their rights are fundamental to sustainable change initiatives and the visioning required to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all to enjoy and thrive in. RWI is actively promoting and highlighting how intrinsic human rights are to responses to climate change and the environment.
How we contribute to the promotion of human rights
We work to:
Strengthen human rights education and research at a variety of universities across the region, in terms of course curricula and literature, teaching and research methodology, and through capacity development for lecturers.
Support the set-up and development of human rights libraries and resource centers in the region and training managers and staff to manage such centres as qualitative, sustainable and accessible sources of public information on human rights issues.
Launch reports on the issues of the right to a healthy environment, and displacement, climate change and disaster in South East Asia and the Pacific, examining local practices and contributing with recommendations, including submissions to the UN High Level Panel on Internal Displacement.
Establish partnerships with universities in the Asia Pacific to share knowledge and information about human rights education.
Develop promotional materials and communication channels for the public on issues such as people on the move, human rights and SDGs and human rights and environment.
Support the establishment of the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN) - one of the first and most important academic networks on human rights in the region.
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Regional Asia Pacific Programme Staff
Jason Squire worked in law enforcement and prosecution for 16 years before entering the humanitarian development world. He worked as a police officer in South Australia. Later, he uncovered mass graves as an investigator of crimes against humanity with the UN. He then moved into the children’s rights field throughout Asia, the Middle East, eastern Europe and north Africa.
Jason then stepped away from humanitarian work and completed a PhD with Universiti Sains Malaysia, focused on where human/child rights and the philosophy that guides Shariah law can be better integrated into Malaysian civil law responses to vulnerable children in custody. He has now joined the Raoul Wallenberg Institute as Director of the Regional Asia Office in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Wulan holds a bachelor degree in Mass Communication from Universitas Indonesia, a degree in German language from the same University and a postgraduate diploma in Events Management from Switzerland. Wulan has previous work experience as Administrative and Finance department of the 6th ASEAN Para Games, Account and Promotion Executive in FEMINA group and as an Au-pair in Austria.
Yudha is a Communication Officer at RWI Jakarta office, who manages the media and communication for RWI Jakarta. He joined the RWI in 2020 and he has experience in managing media and communication for 10 years.
Before joining the RWI, Yudha is a former journalist at Indonesia state-owned news agency ANTARA. He also joined the UN FAO as Communication Specialist and working closely with farmers from the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia and Timor Leste on the issue of conservation agriculture. Later, he worked as Communication Officer for UNDP and has managed the reports, media campaign, and publications for the National Parks and Protected Areas conservation in Sulawesi island of Indonesia.
Yudha holds Master Global Media Communication from The University of Melbourne, Australia. He finished his Bachelor`s degree in Sociology at University of Indonesia.
Windi is a Programme Officer at RWI in Jakarta. 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.
Victor Bernard is a researcher and development professional with a passion for strengthening the interlinkages between human rights and the environment. Having joined the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) in 2018, he spearheaded the design and implementation of its regional capacity building initiatives, targeting judges, prosecutors and national human rights institutions across Asia and the Pacific. These initiatives aimed to strengthen these stakeholders’ capacity on leveraging human rights and gender equality to fill the legal and enforcement gaps in environmental and climate change law.
Bernard has also published extensively on displacement in climate change and disaster contexts, human rights in national adaptation processes, and the right to a healthy environment. He has presented his research in several international forums, including the Conferences of the Parties under the UNFCCC. Prior to this, Bernard has led projects related to environment and climate change, conflict and development, countering violent extremism, and the development-humanitarian nexus at the British Embassy in Bangkok (Thailand), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sweden), and the Asia Foundation (Thailand).
Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of York, and a master’s degree in International Law from the University of Edinburgh.
Elisabet Sitorus holds a Bachelor of Economics. She is currently working at RWI Jakarta Office as a Junior Finance and Administration Officer (JFAO). She supports finance and administration functions concerned with RAPP.
Elisabet has previous work experience as a Finance and Accounting Officer for a private sector company and conservation organization in Indonesia.
Danang Aditya Nizar
Danang Aditya Nizar has years of experience working in the international development sector, with various thematic areas such as education, youth engagement, disaster risk reduction, displacement, gender, and sustainable agriculture.
He started his career in the sector with UNOCHA, supporting the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency in preparing the Disaster Risk Management Baseline Status Report, as mandated by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. He also has experience in emergency response, where he was deployed to implement a Displacement Tracking Matrix with IOM during the Mt. Agung eruption in 2017. He was also a certified trainer of camp coordination and camp management modules with IOM.
Danang holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, UK, with a specialization in refugees, displacement, and humanitarian response.
In his spare time, Danang Aditya Nizar remotely manages a bed and breakfast in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera.