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30 Apr 2015

Marzuki Darusman, Association for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST)

Indonesian mayor declares Bandung "human rights city", business & human rights tools used for audit checks

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"Indonesian mayor unveils new concept for human rights cities at Asian-African Conference", 24 Apr 2015

In welcoming the heads of state of the Asian-African Conference Commemoration (AACC) to Bandung on 24 April,...[the mayor] recounted the 10-point ‘declaration on world peace and cooperation’ that their forebears had agreed in the initial conference held in Bandung 60 years earlier.‘Respect for fundamental human rights and for the purposes and principles of the charter of the UN’ was the first point on that list and in closing his address, the mayor emphasised that human rights were still very much to the fore...Mayor Ridawn has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve by declaring Bandung to be a Human Rights City...In line with the UN Progress Report on Human Rights Cities, the Bandung Declaration of a Human Rights City, which Mayor Ridwan...signed on 2 April, promises his citizens and other stakeholders a charter that ‘will be formulated in accordance with the principles of transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation’...While the specifics of the GHRISC standard for Bandung being formulated by FIHRRST have still to be inked in as the city’s charter is developed, FIHRRST’s business and human rights tool, BHRISC has proved its adaptability in the preliminary audit to check on the existence of a human rights management system and its understanding and implementation by officials...