Latifah Anum Siregar was born in Jayapura, Papua-Indonesia in 1968.
She is a human rights lawyer, the chairperson of the Alliance for Democracy in Papua (ALDP) and an expert at the Commission for Law and Human Rights of the parliament in Papua Province, Indonesia. Although her family is from a different island (North Sumatra Island), speaks a different language (Tapanuli) and practices a different religion (Islam), Siregar is a trusted, effective advocate for peace in Papua where the prevalent language and religion are (Melanesia/Papuan) and Christianity.
Respected for her and ALDP’s call to identify traditional laws, norms and values that could help settle land disputes, she has led the way to articulating these traditions in written law, which the Papua indigenous people can now use to negotiate with the government and migrants in the search for peaceful solutions to land conflicts. During Siregar’s student days in the early 1990s, she was the first woman chairperson of the Muslim Students Association; later in the decade she served as a member of the regional parliament in Papua Province; from 2003 to 2007 she was on the board of directors of Papua Women Solidarity; and from 2007 to 2011 she will serve as general secretary of the Papua Muslim Assembly.
Siregar was named a University of San Diego Woman PeaceMaker in 2007.
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