Integrating Human Rights in Development

ELSAM, Jakarta – The entire development agenda should be integrated with government’s efforts to meet the obligation in human rights, including in the sector of education, health, labor and indigenous people, as part of economy, social and cultural rights. This is known as the implementation of human rights-based approach in development, which serves to articulate the implementation of human rights standard, be it at domestic and international level, particularly in the development agenda.

ELSAM disclosed it when receiving a visit from representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, on Tuesday (3/31), at ELSAM’s office, Jakarta. The meeting discussed the formulation of Human Rights development indicators in education, health, labor and indigenous people. Information Director of Human Rights Agung Santoso, accompanied by Bertha Saraga, Wahyu Santoso, Sati Puspitawati and Markus Marselinus attended tyhe meeting to represent Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

In the introduction paper, ELSAM emphasized human rights-based development agenda which associated with 2015-2019 Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN). According to ELSAM, RPJMN would be the main reference to realise the entire prior agenda, particularly the political promises.

“One of government’s main commitment is to ensure the state presence in the whole life of communities, especially in terms of basic services and protection of human rights,” said Acting Executive Director of ELSAM, Zainal Abidin.

Therefore, he continued, human rights-based approach in development is important to be implemented by current administration in order to integrate human rights perspective in development policy.

“Development policy (law-red) should seat individual as a whole subject of development and hence the paradigm is putting individual as a person with rights, as a starting point of policy making (law-red) of development,” he added. []

Author: Purnama Ayu Rizky
Editor: Ari Yurino