Rukka Sombolinggi

Rukka sombolinggi

Deputy to Secretary General on Advocacy, Legal and Politics, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/AMAN, Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago


Rukka is the International Advocacy Coordinator of Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara or AMAN (, an organization of indigenous peoples in Indonesia which as of today has 1025 indigenous communities and more than 30 indigenous organizations as members. She belongs to the Toraya People in central part of Sulawesi Island.

She produced “Standing Strong On the Tsunami Ruins” in April 2005, a film documentary about Indigenous communities affected by Tsunami in Aceh. The film was funded and presented by AMAN and Assembly of First Nations (AFN Canada) before a side event during the 4th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 16-27 of May 2005 at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA.

Before joining AMAN in 1999, Rukka worked for JAPHAMA(Jaringan Pembelaan Hak-hak Masyarakat Adat), a network of indigenous peoples’ defenders — one of the main groups that convened the first congress of indigenous peoples in Indonesia in March 1999 during which AMAN was established.