Hassan Wirajuda

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Hassan Wirajuda
Hassan Wirajuda, Foreign Minister.jpg
15th Foreign Minister of Indonesia
In office
August 9, 2001 – October 22, 2009
President Megawati Sukarnoputri
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded by Alwi Shihab
Succeeded by Marty Natalegawa
Personal details
Born (1948-07-09) July 9, 1948 (age 69)
Tangerang, Banten
Nationality Indonesian
Alma mater University of Virginia
Tufts University
Harvard University
Profession Diplomat

Nur Hassan Wirajuda (born July 9, 1948 in Tangerang, Banten) is an Indonesian politician who was the foreign minister of Indonesia from 2001 to 2009. He served during the presidencies of Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.


Nur Hassan Wirajuda and his wife with Michelle and Barack Obama in a reception in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC in September 2009

Wirajuda earned a Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from the University of Virginia School of Law (198]), a Master of Law (LL.M) from Harvard University School of Law (1985), and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (1984).

In 1971, he graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia and in 1976, he spent a year at Oxford University in the United Kingdom earning a Certificate in Diplomacy.

Diplomatic career[edit]

A lawyer by training and a diplomat by choice, Wirajuda has held several important posts including Director-General of Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (July 2000 - August 2001), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva (December 1998 - July 2000), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt (October 1997 - December 1998), and Director of International Organizations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (1993–1997).[1]

On February 6, 2009, Wirajuda criticized Burma for their abuse of Rohingya people, after nearly 400 Rohingya refugees were rescued off the coast of Sumatra in the first month of 2009.[2]

In 2007 he chaired the first Indonesia-UK forum alongside British foreign minister Margaret Beckett.[3]

On October 22, 2009, Marty Natalegawa was appointed foreign minister.

During his diplomatic career, Wirajuda also assisted the establishment of the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).[citation needed]


  1. ^ Tufts-Fletcher-News:
  2. ^ "Indonesia criticises Burma over Rohingya". February 9, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ [1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alwi Shihab
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Marty Natalegawa