The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation was established on October 26, 1970 at the initiative of Dr. Adnan Buyung Nasution, SH who was fully supported by Ali Sadikin as Governor of Jakarta at that time. Establishment of Legal Aid Institute in Jakarta followed by the establishment of LBH branch offices in areas such as Banda Aceh, Medan, Palembang, Padang, Bandar Lampung, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bali, Makassar, Manado, Papua and Pekanbaru. Currently YLBHI has 15 LBH branch offices in 15 Provinces, and 10 LBH posts in 10 districts.
YLBHI as Yayayasan, was established with the aim to support LBH performance spread over 15 Provinces, and is currently led by Alvon Kurnia Palma as Chairman of Board and Prof. Dr. Toeti Heraty N. Rooseno as the Board of Trustees to replace Dr. Adnan Buyung Nasution who was appointed by the President as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council in 2007.
The issue of legal aid is closely linked to structural poverty in Indonesia, structural poverty makes people unable to access justice (legal aid), based on these conditions YLBHI LBH present to provide legal aid and fight for the rights of the poor, legal blind and victims of rights violations Human Rights (HAM). During the Soeharto regime (New Order), YLBHI-LBH's role became one of the key actors in opposing and overthrowing the New Order authoritarian regime, and YLBHI-LBH became the node and locomotive for the pro-democracy movement in Indonesia.
In addition to being an institution that remains consistent in fighting for law enforcement, democracy and human rights, YLBHI is also the birthplace of civil society organizations that currently play an important role as a state balancing movement. ICW, Kontras, KRHN, Baku Bae, RACA, K3JHAM, are some civil society organizations that used to be separate desks and managed directly by YLBHI.
Conditions of the state that until now still create anti-democratic space, anti-movement, and deliberately create a political violence and open space for militarism to make people apathetic and frustrated. In the face of law and human rights enforcement, the conditions of change are stagnant, the tragedy of 27 July, the May 1998 Riot, the Human Rights Violations of East Timor, the Tanjung Priok case, the disappearances and violence in Aceh and Papua, is a series of cases that have not been resolved to date
VISION AND MISSION
Together with all the nation’s social components, YLBHI has the strong commitment to make the utmost effort in order to achieve the following in the future:
A system of law-conscious community which is established upon a just, humane and democratic socio-legal system
Legal and administration systems that are capable of providing both procedures and institutions through which every one could benefit from the law (A fair and transparent institutionalized legal-administrative system)