Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City

The proclamation of the Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City by Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil on 10 December 2015 marked a historic moment for Indonesia, as it was the first such Charter developed by a city in Indonesia.

To implement the initiative, the Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST) developed mutual cooperation with the Mayor of Bandung and Paguyuban Hak Asasi Manusia, a human rights center under the administration of the Faculty of Law of Padjadjaran University.

Subsequently, FIHRRST asked for support from the European Union for the development of the Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City. The EU agreed to support this project within the framework of the EU-PDO as part of its public diplomacy actions supporting the implementation of the PCA between Indonesia and the EU.

The activities undertaken for the development of Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City were as follows:

  1. Discussion with City Government of Bandung and PAHAM: for the implementation of activities for the development of Bandung as a Human Rights City.
  2. The Signing of Bandung Declaration of Human Rights City
  3. Management System Audit at Two Kelurahan (Sub-Districts) of Bandung: Following the Bandung Declaration of a Human Rights City, the Mayor requested that the management system for the implementation of the Declaration be audited.
  4. Global Introduction and Socialization of A Human Rights City: ‘From Bandung to Asia-Africa’, 23 April 2015: attended by representatives from Asian and African countries, governmental officials, parliamentarians, ambassadors and diplomats, mayors of cities, experts, NGOs, and key stakeholders of the City of Bandung.
  5. Second Focus Group Discussion, 30 June 2015: focused on the mechanisms of implementation, supervision and evaluation of Bandung Human Rights Charter and a mechanism on remediation of violation of rights.
  6. Focus Group Discussion, 24 November 2015: the participants welcomed the draft Charter as it included human rights that met the aspirations of the people of Bandung.
  7. Delivery of Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City, 10 December 2015: inclusion of the right to freedom of religion and belief and the elimination of all forms of intolerance, discrimination and incitement of hatred based on religion and belief.
  8. Commitment for the Development of Human Rights City Association by the Association of Indonesia’s Municipalities, 28 August 2015: the 25 mayors attending the event signed the agreement that states all the mayors agreed to develop a human rights city association in Indonesia and committed to respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the human rights of their citizens.

The Bandung Charter of Human Rights is a tool to strengthen the commitment of Bandung to ensure that the Human Rights of its citizens are promoted, protected and fulfilled. At the same time, the Charter also provides guidance for the City to ensure its policies and implementation will be carefully targeted to meet the interests and needs of its citizens.

Published On: December 10, 2015|