Strengthening Knowledge to Strengthen Remedy Mechanisms for Victims Affected by Company Operations

ELSAM, Bogor – ELSAM in collaboration with the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) held a Business and Human Rights training for staff of state institutions related to human rights.

This CONNECT (Enhancing Knowledge of Business and Human Rights Between Institutions) training is intended to increase knowledge and capacity for staff of state institutions related to human rights in order to provide services for victims affected by company operations.

Held in Bogor on August 13-16, 2019, this training was attended by 20 staff of state institutions related to human rights namely National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Indonesian Children Protection Commission (KPAI), Ombudsman and LPSK.

One of the speakers who attended the training was Ifdhal Kasim (Principal Expert of the Presidential Staff Office), who provided material related to “The Concept of Victims in Human Rights Violations.”

Ifdhal explained about various pathways that victims could take to get justice. The path can be through the courts as contained in the Human Rights Law and the Witness and Victim Protection Act.

Another pathway through Ifdhal can be through mediation that can be done by the National Human Rights Commission. Mediation here does not mean imposing penalties on perpetrators but rather asking perpetrators of responsibility in the context of compensation, rehabilitation and so on.

“For example, when I was at Komnas HAM, we once mediated the fishing community in Kalimantan. So there is a coal company that transports coal using river, so that it results in the fisherman who loses his catch because he has to go further while the boat he has is not too far away. Therefore he needs an engine ship that can travel further. After we mediate, the company pays compensation, builds roads and schools and provides ships to sail further,” Ifdhal explained.