March 17, 2010

Statement by H.E. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia, at the 13th Session of the HRC – Consideration of the UPR Report for Brunei Darussalam

Mr President,

Allow me to begin by thanking H.E.  Mr. Janin Erih for providing updates on the efforts of his Government to promote and protect human rights in Brunei Darussalam.

Indonesia, as one of the members of the Troika and a neighboring ASEAN member, is heartened to learn that the Government of Brunei has accepted the majority of the recommendations put to them during the review period. This, we believe, reflects Brunei’s firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and affirms their continued cooperation with the Human Rights Council and the UPR process.

We are especially pleased to learn that our recommendation for Brunei Darussalam to harmonize their national legislation with international norms was accepted by the Government. In addition, we fully support the Working Groups recommendation for the Government to establish a legal and institutional framework which provides better protection for human rights in the country.

Indonesia also encourages Brunei Darussalam to give further consideration to several international human rights instruments, to which it is not yet party, with a view to acceding to them in due course.

In light of the UPR review, we commend the serious and inclusive approach adopted by the Government towards fulfilling their human rights obligations on socio-economic development. These efforts have brought the country well within reach of the Millennium Development Goals. We also note with appreciation the voluntary pledges of the Government of Brunei to strengthen cooperation with the civil society on human rights issues.

Finally, in regard to regional commitments, we sincerely hope that the Government of Brunei Darussalam will further enhance and strengthen the work of ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission to effectively promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples of ASEAN.

In conclusion, Mr. President, we reiterate our call to the Government of Brunei Darussalam to continue to fulfil their human rights obligations and wish them well in implementing the accepted UPR recommendations.

Thank you.

Geneva, 17 March 2010

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