The Human Rights City Center (HRCC) has been developed by the Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST) with the support from the European Union (EU) Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. The collaboration of FIHRRST and the EU Delegation is a continuation of the previous cooperation for the development of Bandung as the first accountable Human Rights City in Indonesia.
FIHRRST was founded by human rights luminaries, including two former United Nations Special Rapporteurs Marzuki Darusman and Makarim Wibisono, Marzuki Usman, H.S. Dillon, Dradjad Wibowo, James Kallman, Giuseppe Nicolosi and Alfonso Pagliuca. Targeting the areas of business and human rights, human rights cities, and religious beliefs and other social issues, FIHRRST develops and promotes standards by which adherence to human rights principles can be assessed and demonstrated.
FIHRRST work is centred on three areas of focus:
BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS. FIHRRST has endorsed the Business and Human Rights International Standard for Certification (BHRISC 2011), one of the world’s first auditable standards for certification of human rights compliance of business entities, in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other major international Human Rights Laws and Protocols.
ACCOUNTABLE HUMAN RIGHTS CITIES. FIHRRST continuously assists City governments to turn their cities into “Human Right Cities” starting from the development of a Human Rights Charter through a transparent and inclusive citizen-led process. Accountability for the implementation of the Charter rests with the local government, whose operations and developments will be subject to regular external audit against indicators of fulfilment of the City’s obligations enshrined in the Human Rights Charter.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. FIHRRST is engaged to play its part towards the on-going respect of pluralism in a multicultural society such as that in Indonesia. For this purpose, FIHRRST is conducting collaborative studies with institutions and organizations from various religious backgrounds to conceptualize and advocate the human rights teachings of the different faiths, and working together with such entities to address a wide range of currently pressing social issues.
The EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam is based in Jakarta with the mission of promoting the interests of the EU and building closer ties between the EU and Indonesia, and between the EU and Brunei Darussalam.
The EU Delegation is involved in a range of activities with Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. Its main roles in both countries are to present and explain EU policies (e.g. trade, agriculture, fisheries, environment, transport, and health and safety); analyse and report on policies and developments in the two countries; build partnerships with government and other decision-makers, business, academics, media and civil society; promote democracy, good governance and respect for human rights; facilitate trade and investment relations; coordinate and support activities of EU countries; run substantive development cooperation programmes in support of economic and human development, governance, education and environmental protection; create awareness and improve understanding about the EU and promote people-to-people contacts; conduct negotiations.