The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, abbreviated as ELSAM, is a policy advocacy organisation, in the form of an Association (Perkumpulan), which was established in August 1993 in Jakarta. The aim is to participate in the effort to cultivate, promote and protect civil and political rights, and human rights in general – as mandated by the 1945 Indonesian Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations 1948. From the beginning, with the spirit of struggle, ELSAM aims to establish a democratic political order in Indonesia through the empowerment of civil society through advocacy and promotion of human rights.

The main activities of ELSAM are:
(1) policy and legal studies that impact on human rights;
(2) human rights advocacy in all its forms;
(3) human rights education and training; and
(4) the publication and dissemination of human rights information.

ELSAM’s work program is:
(1) integration of human rights principles and norms in state policy and law;
(2) integration of human rights principles and norms in policies concerning corporate operations related to local communities; and
(3) strengthening the capacity of civil society in promoting human rights.


Formulating critical review, providing technical expertise assistance, researching on the implication of information and communication technology advancement towards human rights protection

Intern Duties (Example)

Researching on surveillance in Indonesia and the threat to activists;

Summarising country guides about business and human rights;

Providing assistance on research and advocacy issues;

Work Hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Dress Code

Semi-formal (e.g. Business attire, collared shirts/ blouses, trousers/long skirt, long dress covering shoulders and knees, batik shirt/ blouse/ dress, closed toe shoes. No t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops)


Jl. Siaga II No.31, Pejaten Barat, Pasar Minggu
Jakarta‐INDONESIA 12510
Tel. +62 21 7972662, 79192564, Fax. +62 21 79192519 email: office@elsam.or.id,
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