Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation – Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia (YLBHI)

Indonesia

Email: info@ylbhi.or.id

Website: http://www.ylbhi.or.id

Tel: +62-213929840 Fax: +62-2131930140

Contact person:
Alvon Kurnia Palma (Chairperson): alvon@ylbhi.or.id

About:

‘This building was intended to be the first monument in Indonesia for the struggle of law enforcement, truth and fair justice to all without discrimination of race, inheritance-based religion, political ideology or social and cultural background. From here, Legal Aid Defenders and Thinkers shall struggle with honesty and voluntary in line with the majority of the nation to not only defend cases related to the interests of the people but also shift the paradigm which had caused the people to be continuously marginalised, poor, in captivity, and abandoned. Also, from here, courageous, constructive and responsible thoughts shall be developed as a sign of the freedom of delivering opinion and the emerge of the poor resurrection to claim the same rights implementations in law and justice in our mother land, Indonesia.’ (unofficial translation of the epigraph stone in front of YLBHI Building, drafted by Abdul Rahman Saleh, when he served as Director of Jakarta Legal Aid Institute in 1981-1984).

Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation/Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia (YLBHI) was established in 1970 with
the vision and mission of establishing democracy and human rights, which lies upon a just, humane and democratic socio-legal system; a fair and transparent institutionalised legal-administrative system; an open political-economic system with a culture that fully respects human rights.

In realising its vision and mission, YLBHI keeps struggling for the fulfilment of  the right to access to justice for the people by providing legal aid services, including: case handling; community legal resources empowerment; and research and policy advocacy that has resulted in advocacy for laws and rights of structurally poor, marginalised and abandoned communities.

YLBHI now has 15 legal aid (LBH) Offices that are scattered all across Indonesia, including in: Aceh, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Lampung, Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Makasar, Manado, Papua and Pekanbaru. This includes
5 LBH Posts in some of LBH Offices, namely: Lhokseumawe, Meulaboh (Aceh), Asahan (Medan), Malang (Surabaya), and Merauke (Papua).

Legal aid beneficiaries of YLBHI, along with its 15 LBH Offices and five Posts, are focused on people from middle to low income levels. Namely farmers, labourers, urban poor, fishermen and coastal communities, vulnerable women and children, disabled and indigenous people. YLBHI together with its 15 LBH Offices and five Posts, receive more than 2,000 cases per year (in the last three years from 2010-2012
consecutively: 3,141 cases, 3,300 cases and 2,476 cases), with cases ranging from violations of economic and social rights, civil and political rights, vulnerable women and children (including with disabilities), and criminal and civil cases.

Address:

Diponegoro Street 74, Central Jakarta, Indonesia 10320