Past Event November 18-23, 2019 Kampung Damai

Training of Trainers : “Rebuilding Lives of victims and communities after mass atrocities”

Since 2014, AJAR and its partners have focused on developing participatory approaches in our work with victims, survivors, their communities, and advocates of past atrocities. As we continue to learn about men’s and women’s experiences of abuses and their struggles to survive and be heard in situations of impunity, we gain a greater understanding of the shortcomings and blind spots of transitional justice frameworks, human rights documentation, and post-conflict initiatives. AJAR continues to develop a methodology for community-based participatory transitional justice as a way to challenge and complement mechanism-focused transitional justice approaches.

AJAR believes that societies in transition must engage in a long-term process of “unlearning impunity.” A critical part of AJAR’s long-term goal to combat impunity for past atrocities in Asia is to create processes that empower survivors, particularly in countries in transition where legacies of mass violations remain unaddressed. Our current work focuses on countries involved in transition from a context of mass human rights violations to democracy with a particular focus on Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

AJAR’s work with victims of past atrocities and with those who accompany them is motivated by the need for education and services on behalf of victims’ recovery following the demise of dictatorships and conflict. Participants in AJAR’s learning networks include victims of past human rights violations, former political prisoners, and human rights defenders as well as befrienders, mentors, advocates, and organizers of victims at the local level. AJAR facilitates recovery interventions and rehabilitation, integrated with education and advocacy activities at the community level.

One of AJAR’s methodology is to integrate human rights, legal, and psycho-social approaches. It uses a number of materials produced by AJAR programs, including the development of Participatory Action Methodology, called, “Stone & Flower”. The methodology helps members of victims’ communities to deepen and expand their insights about their rights as citizens that should be protected not only by national constitutions, but also by national and international law. The approach created together by AJAR and women survivors and advocates from Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Indonesia. Key to the approach was engaging survivors as researchers (participatory) and actively working towards practical outcomes (action) at the same time as creating new forms of understanding (research).

For whom is this Training of Trainers?

The TOT is designed to allow for exercise, sharing and exchange between participants, including sessions dedicated to understand the country contexts and developing innovative strategies at local, national, regional and global levels. The TOT will also bring experiences from different regions and look at how the participatory action methodology may contribute to or challenge the pursuit of accountability for mass violations. The training is targeted to groups of survivors, activists, and human rights defenders as well as befrienders, mentors, advocates, and organizers of victims at the local level.

What you will get out of this course:

  • A solid understanding of human rights and transitional justice, particularly in Asian contexts
  • Skills on facilitating Participatory Action Research to rebuild the lives of victims and communities after mass atrocities
  • Training and facilitation led by experts from the field
  • An opportunity to network with participants and practitioners from Asia and beyond
  • A participatory and mutual learning environment
  • A comfortable setting in the semi-modern and eco-friendly Kampung Damai training centre within walking distance of the south coast of Bali


  1. Galuh Wandita
  2. Nicole Janisiewicz
  3. Taty Krisnawaty
  4. Atikah Nuraini
  5. Patrick Burgess
  6. Clevyra Wang

Logistical Information:

  • The course will be held from 18 – 23 November 2019 at Kampung Damai, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Gang Sri Kahyangan No. 1, Canggu, Kuta Utara Bali
  • Fees: 600 USD (inclusive of accommodation, meals, training materials, and tuition)
  • Accommodation: Shared rooms at Kampung Damai (AJAR Learning Centre)
  • Transportation: Participants are expected to pay for and manage their own travel (to/from Denpasar, Bali) and visas.

Kampung Damai will provide transport from the airport to the learning centre.

For further information related to the training please contact:

Clevyra Wang (Vyra)

Mobile: 087834048666; Email:

Complete agenda can be downloaded here: [download id=”6641″]