WITT #24: We meet again, Dec!

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Finally, we are in the last month of 2017!

Even I am not celebrating Christmas but I always love to welcome December. The peak season of many things, specifically for work. From my experiences, we usually have a lot of works to do 3-months before the end of the year. This month I will still keep busy with giving a training, organize the conference, finalize some reports, etc.

Recently, I also was thinking about to make my blog into a business, instead of only to share my thoughts, hobbies, and feelings. I want to make something different from my routines working schedule and inspire my readers from what I wrote and what I create. Therefore, I won’t stop learning, reading, doing some research and really hope one day I can make a good business of what I really love to do.

Since I was a little, my parents always let me study or learned by myself. They weren’t always demanding me to be what they want and let me choose what I really want and need for myself. Most of the times, they were busy with their 9 to 5 work and almost rare to accompany me, even just to finish my homework. That time, I always thought that I cannot make it, gave up etc, but fortunately, it always gave me more spirit to bring out the best of me and show to them, that I can be better children and will always make them proud of me.

I was always kept myself busy with my friends, joined and involved in many organizations when I was in the university. Many ups and downs of my study, friendship, relationship and a lot of difficulties I had already experienced. I did not realize that it gives me a strength to face every problem wisely and to know what is the best for myself. Even, sometimes I also complaining and whining, but then I feel grateful for what I have and many experienced I’ve ever been through.

So for you who live in a good and having a prosperous life, don’t forget to always feel grateful and enjoy your life to the fullest.

See you very very soon, 2018!

With love,

Astrid

The human rights approach to religion is not promoting religions in themselves or religious values, but empowering human beings in that sphere – in that broad sphere of religious diversity, belief diversity, convictions, but also practices.

– Anonymous

Indonesia Performance at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Indonesia was re-elected as a UN Human Rights Council Member from 2015 to 2017. As a democratic country in ASEAN, Indonesia occupies an important position in the region. During the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council, Indonesia actively delivered statements on issues of concern to the country. It raised issues of migrant workers and responded to the report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. It also discussed its commitment to the SDGs and the right to development. Indonesia has officially invited the Special Rapporteur on Health to visit the country in 2017 for further engagement.

In spite of these positive developments, Indonesia remains silent on some critical domestic and regional issues, including follow-up to human rights violations against Papuans; summary executions; and violations against the Rohingya in Burma/Myanmar.

NGOs often draw the Council’s attention to the human rights situation in West Papua as it is one of the most isolated areas in the world. There are many reported cases of arbitrary arrests by Indonesian security forces of indigenous Papuans for participating in peaceful gatherings. While Franciscans International delivered a joint statement with the Human Rights Working Group Indonesia on this issue during the General Debate, Indonesia remained silent.

Although Indonesia offered temporary shelter for Rohingya people, it did not deliver a statement on issues involving the Rohingya or other ethnic groups in Burma/Myanmar following the presentation of the High Commissioner.

Indonesia also attempted to avoid a sensitive issue in the country when it voted against a draft resolution on “violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”. Indonesia claimed that it based its decision on respect for socio-cultural and religious values, norms and morality. However, in reality, it would appear that it decided not to respect fundamental human rights of certain individuals.

Indonesia was part of the core group that introduced the resolution A/HRC/RES/32/32 on “the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association”, along with other Asian countries such as the Maldives and the Philippines. While this may show Indonesia’s international appreciation for the involvement of civil society in maintaining a democratic society, the freedom of assembly and association inside Indonesia is at risk. LGBTI groups, ethnic groups, religious minority groups, and other individuals have been considered threats to sovereignty and ideology in Indonesia.

Original article see this link.

My 1st week live in Geneva, Switzerland

Day 1 – Arrival (Wednesday, June 15, 2016)

Finally, after short dramatic which was happened 5 hours before I take off to Geneva. So here I am! Happy to be back in Geneva! It’s already 8 months since my last 24-hours visit on last October 2015. And now I am back in Geneva for 3-months. Yes. 3-months. This will be my first time to work, live and stay far away from home, family, parents, and friends.

Do you guys want to know what was happened in the last 5 hours right before my departure to Geneva? Just a bit flashback. So, since the very first time they told me about the ticket, what I remember is the ticket will depart on June 16, 2016, at 00.40 am. So that is what I was thinking about until the day I finally depart from Jakarta.

Until one of my colleague in Geneva told me that he will pick me up at the airport in Geneva on June 15 at 13.00 Geneva time. I was kinda bit shocked and weird, because I will depart from Jakarta on June 16 and why he told me he will pick me up on June 15, rather than June 16?! At that time I am still working at the office (in the morning, I took my visa at TLScontact) because I need to finish and pack my things before I go. Then, I saw my ticket for 3 times and was just realised that “OMG! My ticket supposed to be tonight, not tomorrow!”. My hand started trembled, shaking and sweating. I directly calling my Mom and my brother, told them that I am in S.O.S situation which is I will go to the airport tonight not tomorrow, and I will be back at home in an hour to finishing some things to pack!

All of the family suddenly in rush situations! They were started busy as well to prepare a couple of things, to make sure I did not leave any things that I need in there for 3-months!

At 20.30, we all arrived at the airport and Abyan, my baby nephew, was already sleeping in my car. There were my parents, my sister, brother, sister-in-law, grandma, and nephews! I did feel very glad, grateful, funny, and lucky enough that this is the first time they wanted to accompany me to the airport.

At 21.30, I entered the gate, security check, check in my luggage, immigration and then waiting for boarding. I was still laughing at that time if I remember all of my stupidity on that day. But it’s nice, and again, LESSON LEARNED!

Oh, this is also my first time took EMIRATES! I got a new plane as well, so they have a WiFi connection with limited quota and times (valid within 2hrs), but the WiFi will start to connect if we already in over that 30.000 – 35.000 ft. Their food? Well, not really bad. The taste was nice, the serving was very warm! (KLM is very best for food and little things that they offer). But this plane is quite big, even I can longer my legs!

It took around 7hrs from Jakarta to Dubai (then 3 hrs transit)! So I finally arrived in Dubai like 5 am. And from the aircraft parking lot to the airport is quite far, we need to take the minibus to get there (5-10mins). I was waiting until 9.30am for my flight to Geneva.

Feel like I am the one who’s on the plane!

Arrived in Geneva at 13.35! Alhamdulillah. Joseph, one of my colleague here, pick me up at the airport. Escorted me to my apartment, bought me the unlimited ticket buses, to the office, then accompanied me to buy my local sim card! Everything gets done and thanks a lot for him!

Day 2 – 1st time working at the UN Human Rights Council (Thursday, June 16, 2016)

“When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it” -Paulo Coelho

Last October 2015, a good friend dropped me at the UN Office in Geneva and took a picture of me in front of the building, because he knew that I love UN! And 8 months since that, June 16, 2016, I am here! At the UN! Not as a tourist, but I am part of it! Part of the UN Human Rights Council. Part of their history!!!!

I was so excited today because one of my dreams slowly (but sure) I could achieve!

Now I realised, if we believe in something which is positive for us, just believe it, be humble and dare to dream high!

Many thanks to Allah and Mama who always prays for me every time! ❤ you forever!

Day 3 – 1st time giving the Oral Statement on behalf of FORUM-ASIA (Friday, June 17, 2016)

Hahaha, so the funny story happened today! One of my colleagues said that I need to deliver the oral statement as NGO representative at the Council session. In very last minutes, I sent a message to my family group on Whatsapp that I will be delivered the statement at the UN, so I gave the UN Webcast link for them, just in case they wanna see me. And they did! So embarrassing.

Not too good, not so professional, but I was very happy that day, coz I got the chance and my family very proud of me!

Just in case you wanna see, here is ME!

My stupid face right before I read the oral statement, lol
(Right to left: Pak Bona from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, ME, Pak Triyono – the Indonesian Ambassador for the UN and International Organization, Pak Dicky Komar – Director of Human Rights in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pak Acep, the Indonesian Diplomats in Geneva)

So proud that I took this picture with the Indonesian diplomats and Indonesian Government at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Day 4 – Cleaning, cleaning and went to Iftar with the Indonesian Mission in Geneva (Saturday, June 18, 2016)

Indonesian fooooood!! That was the only one I thinking about when they invited me to go to Iftar or breakfasting in Watappri in Malagnou, Geneva – Switzerland. Yeah even though I just arrived there for couple days, I already missed Indonesian food, especially my homemade food.

In here, I had a chance to meet with Indonesian people who live in Geneva. So happy to see how they live going well even they are not live in their hometown or country they were born. Oh that time, I still not fasting yet because of my period.

Day 5 – Welcome 26th, Me! (Sunday, June 19, 2016)

OMG! I never had any dreams to celebrate my birthday in another country, especially in Switzerland! But I did. For the first time in my life, I had my birthday far away from home, family, friends, and it makes me was so completely alone but happy at the same time!

I was so lucky that I have a good friend in Geneva. Well actually he lives in Gland, so we celebrated my birthday together at his place! He taught me how to make Swiss pie! Loved it… Thank you, Marcell! Oh, he also gave me a cute present voucher that I could change to money at the minimarket, which equals to CHF 10 or in IDR 140.000, hahaha.

Day 6 – Meet with David at the UN Human Rights Council (Monday, June 20, 2016)

I have a new friend at the Council. He is a Dutch who working in UN Watch. We actually in the same building but his on the 1st floor and mine the 2nd one. We share some thoughts and doing silly things in front of the UN webcam! Lol..

Day 7 – Attending to the meeting on the draft resolution of violence against women (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)

During the meeting of the resolutions. It was attended by all of country representatives, before it’s going to be adopted by the Council.
monitoring the meeting, check, check, check!