Human Rights Capacity Development for Regional Work Units (SKPD) in Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)

ELSAM, Maumere – Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) cooperated with Sikka District Government,  Nusa Tenggara Legal Aid Centre (PBH Nusra), Indonesia for Humanity (IKa), with the support of Care Program – Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, held human rights training for Regional Work Units (SKPD) on 10-12 November 2016 in Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara. The training’s theme was “Building an Inclusive Sikka District based on Human Rights”. At least 21 participants attended this training, including the representatives of SKPD, as well as church members who conducted a lot of community services. The training session included the basic knowledge of human rights, women rights, witness rights as well as human rights violation victims’ rights. This training presented Otto Gusti Madung STFK (Ledalero), Muhammad Nurkhoiron (National Commission on Human Rights), Masruchah (National Commission on Violence against Women), and Chied of LPSK, Abdul Haris Semendawai.

This training was a series of activities initiated by Sikka District Government together with ELSAM, PBH Nusra, and IKa, in order to support Sikka as the Human Rights District. Although this district had been awarded as Human Rights District by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, there were still some improvements required in terms of promotion, fulfilment, and protection on Human Rights. Therefore, the award was not only a form of appreciation regarding the importance of Sikka District role in promoting, fulfilment and protection of human rights in Indonesia, butalso a reminder to perform any effort thoroughly in fulfilling government’s responsibility in the context of human rights.

In his opening speech, Sikka Regent, Drs. Paouis Nong Susar and Sikka community figure, John Balla,  gave depth reflection on the struggle of civil society in SIkka District to understand human rights. By having clear understanding of human rights, it is expected that they could integrate the importance of human rights into the program and policy design in Sikka District. This training is also particularly intended to support the creation and implementation of Sikka District Human Rights National Action Plan.