Regional Policy and the Establishment of Harmonious Public Service as an Application of Human Rights City Wonosobo

Elsam, Wonosobo –On 3-5 June 2015, Wonosobo District Government cooperated with KOMNAS HAM, ELSAM, and INFID held a Human Rights Training Workshop with the theme “Human Rights Priority in the Development of Wonosobo as Human Rights City” Located in Wonosobo Regent’s pavilion, the workshop training was intended to confer a clear understanding to the stakeholders (bureaucrats, civil society representatives, and journalists)  on human rights as well encourage Wonosobo as Human Right City to be included in RPJMD plan year 2016 – 2020.

This training was a follow up of MoU signed by Wonosobo Local Government and KOMNAS HAM, ELSAM, and INFID on 4 May 2015 to encourage Wonosobo as Human Rights City. On a side note, the concept of human rights city planned by the government was inspired by Human Right Cities which have been successfully developed and implemented at the cities all over the world, in order to support the local government and realistically reach the full application of human rights by maximizing the cities potentials. Thus, a city development focusing on its society and it is in accordance with the human rights value and principles.

The workshop training was inaugurated by the Wonosobo Head of District Abdul Kholiq Arif, Wonosobo Chairman of Regional Legislative Representatives (DPRD) H.Afifi Nurhidayat, S.Ag, and National Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Muhammad Nurkhoiron. In his speech, Wonosobo Head of District stated that the implementation of human rights concept in the local government simply could be applied by giving harmonious public service.

“Wonosobo government ensures the availability of public services for creating a human rights city. The establishments of public parks and religious tolerance are some of the priorities for Wonosobo district” said Kholiq, the Wonosobo Head of District’s nickname. “In order to have harmonious public services, a relevant rule which in accordance with human rights indicator is required” he added.

Meanwhile, Wonosobo Chairman of Regional Legislative Representatives (DPRD) H.Afifi Nurhidayat, S.Ag, in his speech, mentioned that DPRD, in accordance to the mandate of law as well as this positive initiative, supports the rules that based on human right.“ A lot of people are already aware of human rights value. Therefore, suitable regional policies are required to support the achievement of Human Rights City in Wonosobo, “ said Arif, the nickname for Wonosobo Chairman of Regional Legislative Representatives (DPRD).

Human Rights Commissioner, Muhammad Nurkhoiron, in his speech, mentioned that the religion tolerance is not something uncommon in Wonosobo. For him, the new challenge for Wonosobo is the more extensive implementation of human rights values. “We are here to figure out ways in implementing human rights values in our daily life. Wonosobo is challenged to implement the more extensive human rights value in daily life. It is not only in the context of religious tolerance, but also all aspects of life so that our society is truly based on the fundamental respect of human rights values, “Nukhoiron said.

During the human rights training workshop of “Human Rights Priority in the Development of Wonosobo as Human Rights City”, the participants shared their experiences and gained knowledge of basic human rights concept, rights based approach, and human right cities concept. The participants also read the Wonosobo Human Rights Regional Regulation Draft (Raperda HAM) together. This activity was intended to get some feedbacks from the participants regarding the draft. On the third day of the workshop, the participants started to discuss items to be included in RPJMD 2016 – 2020 with human rights as the foundation so that the human rights value could be properly implemented.

From the series of 3 days activities, we really hope the training could support Wonosobo as Human Rights City. Surely, it could be achieved with the support and strong commitment starts from the local leaders (Head of District and DPRD), followed by their bureaucrats that are knowledgeable, fully motivated, and hardworking for the society and the fulfilment of human rights. Hopefully, this initial step taken in Wonosobo could encourage other regions to apply human rights city concept so that the fulfilment of human right could surely be implemented.