Bambang Widjojanto
Bambang Widjojanto (Indonesia, 1993)

Co-founder and former director of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, Bambang Widjojanto has been a leading advocate for the rights of the indigenous peoples of West Papua. Directing over 100 lawyers, Bambang has defended victims of torture, labor organizations, and women’s rights. As the government has restricted access to the region of West Papua and increased the amount of military present there, the risk of exploitation and abuse has heightened. This is exacerbated by the tragic environmental degradation, desecration of indigenous lands, and social upheaval occurring as a result of Freeport McMoRan’s massive mining operation. To protect the human rights of West Papuans, Bambang strives for constitutional and judicial reform.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights (CHR) has established an Advocacy Team comprised of legal and human rights experts to assist in Bambang’s cause. The team releases a monthly news update called the West Papua Report to inform and educate Congressional offices, the State Department, the National Security Council, academics, international media, and civil society about the human rights situation in West Papua. The CHR is also seeking justice for the victims and families of the 2002 ambush in the Freeport mining area that resulted in the deaths of two American schoolteachers and one Indonesian. In 2004, the CHR successfully lobbied the House and Senate to ban Indonesia’s funding for International Military Education and Training (IMET) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF). The CHR is working to maintain these bans until significant reforms are made and troops are held accountable for human rights abuses.

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