Presenting the Regional Asia Pacific Programme

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute has been engaged across the Asia Pacific region for over 25 years, playing a key strategic role to promote and support universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law during times of significant growth and change.

The 21st century has seen considerable advances and development across the entire Asia Pacific region, thrusting its diverse cultures and context into the international spotlight. Strengthened further by this unprecedented modernisation is the importance of ensuring a development context that is just, inclusive and sustainable, and one that mutually reinforces the ongoing protection of human rights, gender equality and the environment across Asia and its communities.

RWI has been – and continues to be – a constructive and credible long-term partner for governments, justice sector institutions, universities and civil society actors, implementing activities focused towards research, capacity development and overall human rights dialogue throughout the region.

RWI’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia, opened in 2005, originally supporting the nation’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights. While its context has evolved and expanded, the Indonesian office has continued its work across the diverse island chain, while also coordinating and supporting many of RWI’s regional activities.

Our regional cooperation in Asia has to date been funded by Swedish Development Cooperation (SIDA).

We encourage you to visit the Regional Asia Pacific Programme's website to learn more about the programme and its activities:

Regional Asia Pacific Programme website

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What we do

The focus of our work in the Regional Asia-Pacific is 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.

The current Regional Asia and Pacific Programme (2017-2021) specifically supports the stronger alignment of environmental and human rights outcomes – and recognises the inherent interaction and mutual reliance between these two focus areas.

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.

 

Our Contributions and Results

Amongst many things, our work in Asia and the Pacific has included:

Strengthening 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.                                                                                                                                                                                              Supporting 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.                                                                                                                                                                          Launching  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.

Organising a training for journalists in Indonesia on human rights and the environment.

Establishing partnerships with universities in the Asia Pacific to share knowledge and information about human rights education.

Developing 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Supporting 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.

Regional Asia Pacific Programme Staff


Jason Squire

Jason Squire

Director of Regional Asia Office

E-mail: jason.squire@rwi.lu.se

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 Tangkudung

Wulan Tangkudung

Senior Programme Associate

Phone: +62 21 719 0409
E-mail: wulan.tangkudung@rwi.lu.se

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.

Lina Rachmawati

Lina Rachmawati

Programme Associate

E-mail: lina.rachmawati@rwi.lu.se

Lina has been working with RWI since December 2017. She  has ten years of experience in various international development projects as an administrator. She performs administrative functions concerned with RWI’s projects.

Sri Aryani

Sri Aryani

Programme Officer People on the Move

Cell phone: +62 8551100501
E-mail: sri.aryani@rwi.lu.se

Sri Aryani has over 15 years of experience in managing programs, particularly in the areas of labour migration, access to justice, and civil society empowerment. Prior to joining RWI, she worked for UNDP Indonesia, facilitating engagement with the private sector and other stakeholders. She also has experience in conducting research and providing assistance for CSOs in collaboration with various organizations, including the Open Society Foundation, OXFAM, UN Women, and ILO. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from University of Indonesia, focusing on gender and migration.

Yudha Pratama

Yudha Pratama

Communication Officer of Regional Asia Office

E-mail: yudha.pratama@rwi.lu.se

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 Arini

Windi Arini

Programme Officer Inclusive Societies

E-mail: windi.arini@rwi.lu.se

Windi Arini is a Programme Officer at RWI’s Jakarta Office and works within the Inclusive Societies focus area.

Windi holds a Master of Philosophy in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo. Prior to joining RWI, se worked as a Human Rights Officer at the ASEAN Secretariat and as a Programme Manager for a law office.

Dina Kusumaningsih

Dina Kusumaningsih

MEAL Officer of Regional Asia Pacific Programme

E-mail: dina.kusumaningsih@rwi.lu.se

Dina holds a Master’s degree in Population and Labour Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Indonesia. Both of her undergraduate and graduate thesis were related to women migrant workers and economic violence from a gender perspective.

She is currently working at RWI Jakarta office as a MEAL officer for Regional Asia Pacific Programme. Prior to RWI, her most recent position was country MEAL officer in Oxfam Indonesia. She is therefore experienced in working with projects related to gender and women empowerment.

Victor Bernard

Victor Bernard

Programme Officer

Phone: +855 (0) 96 789 5379
E-mail: victor.bernard@rwi.lu.se

Victor Bernard is the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s (RWI) programme officer specialised in the interlinkages between human rights and the environment. In this capacity, he leads many of RWI’s research and capacity development initiatives in Asia and the Pacific to strengthen knowledge bases on human rights, gender equality and the environment. In addition, he oversees technical support on integrating a rights-based approach into environmental programmes in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute.

During his tenure at RWI, Bernard undertook a number of assignments, including the thematic study examining the extent to which countries in Asia and the Pacific incorporated international standards and guidelines on displacement into national law and policy frameworks relating to climate change and disaster risk management to address the phenomenon. Most recently, he served as a co-editor of the RWI’s 2020 report Prosperous and green in the Anthropocene: The human right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining RWI, Bernard worked as the Programme Officer at Sida’s humanitarian unit managing projects in South Sudan and assisting in incorporating protection principles and promoting meaningful access, safety and dignity in Sida’s humanitarian aid. Bernard’s experience also includes work with the EU Delegation in Thailand and The Asia Foundation on issues related to human rights, governance, conflict and development in Asia.

Victor Bernard holds an LL.M in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, a postgraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of York.

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