Usman Hamid


Usman Hamid is Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia and Executive Board of Transparency International Indonesia. He finished his MPhil study at the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University 2016. In 1998, Usman was a student activist from Trisakti University where four students were shot dead—this incident triggered a nationwide protest that toppled the Suharto regime. He subsequently became the coordinator of KontraS, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, and its council representative in the Asian Federation Against Disappearances based in Manila. In 2004 Usman was appointed a member of the Presidential Fact-Finding Team that investigated the 2004 murder of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib. He also served as an expert adviser to the International Center for Transitional Justice, Jakarta office, and Frontline Defenders, from 2010 until 2012. In 2011 Usman was appointed to the Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development, where he reviewed the policy on Indonesia’s Human Rights Nation Plan of Action of 2011–2014. In 2012 Usman co-founded the Public Virtue — Institute for Digital Democracy and the Indonesian Branch of, the world’s largest online petition platform. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Columbia (2003) and held a fellowship at Nottingham University (2009).