Training manual for lawyers representing religious minorities
from the first training where the manual was used. Photo: April Pateselanno Putri
Over the last two decades, religious minorities in Indonesia have been under considerable pressure, from the state as well as from intolerant groups. Approaching the 2019 presidential elections, many fear that political motives may fuel identity politics, which in turn may lead to further violations of the rights of religious minorities.
Yet the overarching legal framework for protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief is fairly strong. As the human rights knowledge among the judiciary is limited, well-equipped lawyers have the potential to strongly influence how the right to freedom or region or belief is interpreted. For this reason, YLBHI and NCHR has made the manual, intended to make lawyers representing religious minorities better equipped to do so .
The module covers international human rights, as well as national law and pragmatic aspects of litigation and advocacy in the Indonesian context. In practice, Indonesian lawyers representing religious minorities do not only do so in pure legal settings such as the courtroom, it may also be part of their de-facto work to speak with the press, or negotiate with the police or try to influence other stakeholders.
Download the training manual (in Indonesian)
The manual also cover teaching methods, aiming to provide detailed guidance on how to conduct a training. It was initially made in preparation of a five-day training held in Bogor in February 2018. After som final adjustments, the manual is now ready for use elsewhere.
Foreword by YLBHI
Foreword by NCHR
Chapter one: starting the training
Chapter two: basic human rights, including the right to freedom of religion or belief
Chapter three: identifying violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief
Chapter four: Strategic litigation for the right to freedom of religion or belief
Chapter five: Legal advocacy for the right to freedom of religion or belief
Chapter six: Practical advocacy for the right to freedom of religion or belief
Chapter seven: making follow-up plans