Advocate

Fundamental to the threefold mission of JRS is addressing the root causes of human displacement. The organisation strives to change unjust policies at the most appropriate level: locally, nationally or internationally.

First and foremost JRS carries out advocacy work on the ground. When the refugees with whom staff are working are denied services, JRS intervenes at the most appropriate level. For instance, when many displaced people of Merapi eruption were not given material assistance because they chose not to live in displacement camps, but sought shelter in local villagers, JRS Indonesia mobilized volunteers to coordinate with IDPs and local authorities to give the most needed assistance. Where appropriate, JRS works with other organisations raising issues on Refugees

JRS advocacy is qualified by key characteristics.

  • Rooted in field work
  • Based on Jesuit values
  • Relations-centred
  • Research-based.

JRS Indonesia collaborates with local universities supporting research initiatives and enables students to learn about displacement and refugees during internships and volunteering.

JRS seeks to strengthen synergies between field programmes and research and advocacy work. The search for sustainable solutions, addressing the root causes of forced displacement, requires the development of effective structures and efficient advocacy networks based on research analysis.

Advocacy priorities are set at project, national and regional levels. Key issues are also taken up by JRS at international level. These include education, food security, and reconciliation. JRS also often works in coalition with other NGOs, particularly in campaigns against the use of child soldiers, landmines and detention. JRS country and regional offices play an essential role in providing information from the ground which can be used in work with the media and in advocating with national governments and international organisations, such as UN agencies.

JRS has been campaigning against landmines since 1990 and cluster munitions since 2008. JRS is a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 1997 this campaign won the Nobel Peace Prize and Tun Channareth with other JRS advocates to ban landmines accepted the award.

JRS has played a leading role in the campaign and contributed research on Indonesia for the Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor.