Why Focus On Human Rights?
Human rights are fundamental to human existence across the globe, imperative for sustainable development and growth of all nations. Unfortunately, this fundamental right has been subject to abuse across the world based on caste, creed, race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender among others.
The United Nations thus aptly states, “human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination”.
The principal responsibility of UN human rights activities is vested with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UN body addresses cases of serious human rights violations and undertakes preventive action.
“Virtually every UN body or specialized agency is involved to some degree in the protection of human rights,” states UN on its webpage for human rights.
“Virtually every UN body or specialized agency is involved to some degree in the protection of human rights”
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE UN SDGs
Since human rights are integral and essential to achieve sustainable development, UN Sustainable Development Goals are aligned in a way to ensure that humans, across the globe, enjoy their rights and contribute to a better, more developed and sustainable world.
Almost all Sustainable Development Goals laid down by the United Nations work toward addressing human rights issues across the globe. The same converge with Indonesia’s ‘Nine Aspirations’ or national development goals called Nawa Cita laid down by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN INDONESIA
Indonesia has been reported to have been grappling with human rights issues within the country. Human rights watchdog ‘Human Rights Watch (HRW)’, in its latest report stated that the Widodo government “took small steps in 2018 to protect the rights of some of Indonesia’s most vulnerable people… failed to provide a timetable for the abolition” of child marriage.
The report further states that the Indonesian government needs an urgent call to address human rights violation of religious and gender minorities who “continue to face harassment”. Women and child rights, as well as basic rights of the LGBT people, also need to be upheld.
Although the government has banned children under the age of 18 from working in hazardous conditions, “authorities have not changed Indonesian labor law or regulations to explicitly prohibit children from handling tobacco,” HRW states in its report.
Artemis Impact aims to identify programmes and projects working in the field of human rights in Indonesia and connect them with volunteers for measurable results. Artemis Impact aims to bridge the gap between organisations and volunteers in the human rights sector in Indonesia.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND ARTEMIS IMPACT
Keeping the same in mind, at Artemis Impact we work relentlessly to bridge the gap between NGOs and organizations working towards human rights and aid in Indonesia and volunteers who would want to work in the human rights sector of Indonesia.