Transitional Justice and Violent Extremism in Asia


TIME: 14:30 – 15:30 19th July 2017

VENUE:  The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


Patrick Burgess
President of Asia Justice and Rights

Galuh Wandita
Co-founder and Director of Asia Justice and Rights

Benedict Rogers
East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide

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Islamic-based armed struggles have been waged for decades, often with the stated aim of a greater degree of self-determination or autonomy. From the armed conflict waged by Islamic-based minorities in Mindanao in the Catholic-majority Philippines to the Islamic minority Pathani in Buddhist dominated Thailand, and those supporting for more fundamentalist forms of Islam and Shariah law that oppose the more tolerant and inclusive form accepted in the Indonesian national Constitution. In each of these contexts there is a history of mass human rights violations and a failure of governments to fulfil promises relating to issues relating to peace, justice and accountability. These sites of frustration provide fertile ground for ISIS and other extremist groups to offer the alienated, frustrated and often unemployed youth the a role as ‘heroes’ in the movement to fight against what they describe as global injustices by joining violent extremist networks.

The Henry Jackson Society are delighted to invite you to an event with International experts Patrick Burgess and Galuh Wandita of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and Benedict Rogers from Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The panel will discuss the link between justice and extremism and provide an overview of the current extremism situation in Asia.

mPatrick Burgess is an Australian Barrister who has lived and worked in South East Asia for the past 25 years. He is the President of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) an international human rights and rule of law organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Patrick’s previous positions include Senior Member and Acting Principal Member (head) of the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal, Director of Human Rights for two UN peacekeeping missions to Timor Leste, Principal Legal Counsel of the Timor Leste Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For five years he was Asia Director for the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ,) leading teams in Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.

mGaluh Wandita is the Co-founder and Director of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR). After working as a reproductive health/AIDS counselor in Phildelphia in the late ‘80s, she returned to her native home of Indonesia, where she worked has worked with non-government organizations for more than two decades. In the 1990s she worked with Oxfam, focusing on gender issues and support for local NGOs working in conflict areas. Galuh began working and writing about on peace and conflict issues in 1996. Together with a group of East Timorese, she founded a women’s organization, Fokupers in Dili. In 2002-2005 she was appointed Deputy Director of Timor-Leste’s truth commission (CAVR.)

m.jpgBenedict Rogers is the East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), where he specialises in research and advocacy on freedom of religion and wider human rights in Burma, Indonesia and North Korea and oversees work on China, Vietnam and Laos.  He is the author of four books including Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma’s Tyrant and has co-authored a further two books. Benedict regularly briefs senior Government ministers and officials, UK Members of Parliament, the European Union, United Nations officials and US Congressional offices . He is a regular contributor to international media, including The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Catholic Herald, and has appeared on BBC, CNN, Sky and Al-Jazeera.


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