About Human Rights Working Group (HRWG)

HRWG is a network of more than 48 non-governmental organizations working on promoting human rights in Indonesia. It was established in 2000 by NGOs sharing similar interests and seeking a platform to coordinate and lead international advocacy efforts. HRWG’s main objective is to promote government accountability on constitutional obligations and international standards to respect, promote, protect, and fulfill human rights at home by maximizing available human rights mechanisms at different levels. HRWG has drawn upon its role as a regional actor to further the mission of increasing the effectiveness of human rights advocacy work at the United Nations, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Organizations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) with the following objectives: a.) Impact-oriented to ensure that international advocacy has an impact at the domestic level by working in coordination with human rights defenders and relevant stakeholders, both at the national and international levels; b.) Cultivating networks and coalitions in bringing and supporting national issues to the national and international arenas; c.) Capacity building to create a pool of experts, trainers, and human rights defenders from civil society to carry out the work on human rights advocacy; d.) Monitoring and knowledge building by monitoring Southeast Asian countries’ foreign policy on human rights.


Communication skills, knowledge of UN and ASEAN human rights systems, writing skills

Intern Duties (Example)

Writing a press release. Notable aspect of research included:

Policy Transfer Incentives;

ASEAN member states ratification of refugee rights;

ASEAN states perception towards forced migration/refugees/asylum seekers;

The Myanmar Rohingya refugee crisis’;

Refugee and asylum seeker rights in the Pacific (e.g. New Zealand and Nauru);

Familiarising with:

The use of Indonesia as a transit country (Indonesia – Australia);

The relationship of ASEAN member states and Australia in terms of refugee migration;

Other duties:

Summarising VRN reports of goal achievement for ASEAN member states;

Work Hours

Monday to Friday. 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


Gedung Yarnati, No. 44, 10310,

Jl. Proklamasi, RT.10/RW.2, Pegangsaan, Menteng,

Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10320

Student Profiles

Julia James was a participant in the 2020 Law Professional Practicum.

Julia is a student from the University of Cincinnati. Read more here.

Tamsin Plotnek was a participant in the Winter 2021 Virtual Law Professional Practicum.

Tamsin is studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours)/Arts at Monash University. She received a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant to support her on this program. Read more here.