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Jul 20, 2011

Strengthen Democracy, U.S. Establish Partnership with Indonesia

JAKARTA - Deputy U.S. Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, Wednesday (20 / 7), inaugurated the four partnership with Indonesia.
This partnership in terms of civil society organizations to support independent media, increasing women's representation in politics, improving disabled people's access to the elections, and strengthening the institutions of human rights (human rights) region.
"Indonesia has a lot to offer to the world, and we welcome the opportunity to cooperate in strengthening democracy, better governance, and a greater appreciation of human rights in the region," said Otero at First Annual Partner Conference (BINDING-US), in Jakarta.
According to Otero, BINDING-US initiative provides an opportunity for civil society organizations in Indonesia to establish partnerships with colleagues from Southeast Asia and America, forming a fabric of democracy, governance and human rights are better in that area.
As part of a three-year term prakarasa-BINDING U.S. worth U.S. $ 17 million, the U.S. government supports a partnership led by the Association of Media Development Nusantara (PPMN), Partnership (Partnership for Governance Reform), the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), and Law Initiative American Bar Association (ABA Roli).
The four partners will work to develop the mass media as a tool of civic education, increasing women's political representation, increasing access to elections for the disabled, and encouraging lawyers to work with civil society organizations to strengthen human rights institutions in each country.
Maria Otero was in Indonesia to assist U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, meeting in Bali in Indonesia-US Joint Commission on Comprehensive Partnership on 23-24 July. As part of those meetings, Otero will also lead the sessions of the Working Group on Democracy and Civil Society.