Creating Human Rights Cities through Permenkumham No. 22

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, was planning a seminar on "Creating Human Rights Cities through Permenkumham No. 22" on December 8, 2021, to commemorate World Human Rights Day 2021 in Jakarta.

In 2017, the Indonesian government officially issued Presidential Regulation No. 59/2017 regarding the Implementation of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Presidential Regulation is a form of the Indonesian government's commitment to realizing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs, which is a global program that has been agreed upon by the international community, including Indonesia, as a step to encourage changes towards development. It is based on human rights and equality in the social, economic, and environmental fields.

The SDGs have 17 goals and 169 targets that describe the goals and scope of an inclusive and multidimensional global development agenda. These goals and targets serve as a guide for the global community for the next dozen years in carrying out development to achieve the welfare of the world community.

SDG goal 11 is to make cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. This goal is closely related to the Government of Indonesia's program, namely the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, namely the Human Rights Cities and Municipalities.

Indonesia, as the 3rd largest democracy in the world, needs to expand regencies/cities that implement human rights values in various policies and programs, as well as synergize with the SDGs. Seeing the fact that Indonesia consists of 34 provinces and 514 regencies/cities, the regional government in the framework of regional autonomy is not only an extension of the central government, but also the main person responsible for realizing justice for its citizens.

Since 2013, the Government of Indonesia has issued Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 25/2013 or No. 34/2016 regarding the Criteria of Human Rights Cities and Municipalities, which has been further updated with Ministerial Regulation No. 22/2021 in order to adjust the dynamics of the implementation of human rights cities. This regulation is intended to provide directions for local governments to promote human rights-based policies. The purpose of the human rights cities/municipalities assessment is to mainstream and protect human rights as a form of local governance accountability.


Through the Human Rights Cities/Municipalities program, the government of Indonesia seeks to encourage local governments to implement human rights values in policy making and program implementation for the entire society. Therefore, this seminar will be conducted to coordinate and synergize between the central government, local government, and other stakeholders for the implementation of human rights cities in Indonesia.

You can watch the full event from the recorded video below: