Box 6 – JRS and its works with the vulnerable
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Indonesia is part of the Rome-based JRS International founded by Fr. Pedro Aruppe SJ in 1980 which has networks in 50 countries. JRS Indonesia started its activity assisting refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia in Galang Island in the late 1980s but concluded the mission after the government of Indonesia closed the island. In 1998, JRS Indonesia was reinitiated in West Timor following conflict in the neighbouring East Timor province (now independent Timor Leste) and soon worked in Ambon to deliver medical aids and service for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). In 2004 the West Timor project was concluded and now JRS works in two regions: Moluccas (post Muslim-Christian conflicts) and Sumatra including Aceh (post tsunami), to work with the refugees and take care of their lives.
Website of Jesuit Refugee Service Indonesia
http://www.jrs.or.id (viewed 20/03/2007)
In addition to the refugee-related issues and concerns, JRS Indonesia is also actively involved in the “Ban Landmine” campaign to pressure the government of Indonesia to ratify the Mine Ban Treaty. As result of this campaign, Indonesia, which signed the treaty in 1997, finally ratified it on 7 December 2006 marked by the Indonesian parliament signing the draft law (bill) on the Ratification of the Mine Ban Treaty which was then signed by the President.
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Source: Observation and in-depth interview with Kristanto (15/11/2005)
(PhD Thesis, Nugroho, 2007:208 – Box 6.3.)