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Jakarta Post

Rising to the challenge on human rights

  • Marzuki Darusman and Makarim Wibisono

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 4 2017   /  01:13 am

The government of France, Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, and Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil may appear to have little in common, but today we salute them all for having risen to the challenge, each in their own way having struck a blow in championing human rights.

As founders of the Association For International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST) AISBL we are only too well aware of the difficulties encountered by those trying to ensure that human rights really are respected.

Too often, it seems, financial goals or political ideals take precedence and it takes courage to make a stand and say human rights are not negotiable.

Mayor Ridwan did that in Bandung, working alongside FIHRRST, the Human Rights Association (PAHAM) of the Faculty of Law of Padjajaran University and with the support of the European Union to complete an open, particip...