May 3, 2010
Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia, at the 8th Session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, Consideration of the UPR Report for Kiribati
On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank the delegation of Kiribati, headed by the Honourable Kouraiti Beniato, Minister of Internal and Social Affairs of Kiribati, for their national report.
Indonesia commends the efforts made by Kiribati to improve the human rights situation in their country and fully acknowledges the significant challenges presented by limited resources, capacity constraints and by the adverse impacts of climate change on this remote island nation.
While Indonesia notes that at present there is no national human rights institution in Kiribati, we commend the government’s expressed willingness to work with the international community to establish one in the future. Recognition of shortcomings is indeed an important first step towards improvement.
We were however encouraged to learn that the Government of Kiribati supports, and is committed to working with, an active network of civil society organizations who work to promote and protect the human rights of the Kiribati people. We hope that this cooperation will flourish and result in raising more public awareness about human rights across the country.
As an archipelagic nation comprised of thousands of islands, Indonesia fully shares Kiribati’s concerns about the effects of climate change and the detrimental impact on the human right to a clean environment, to clean water, and to livelihood security. The enactment, implementation and enforcement of Kiribati’s Environment Act 2007 is therefore crucial for addressing the consequences of climate change, environmental degradation and pollution in the country.
We note that Kiribati has ratified both The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and further note that the provisions of these treaties are yet to be fully incorporated into domestic legislation. Hence, Indonesia recommends that Kiribati further review and harmonize all relevant laws in accordance with the ratified international human rights instruments.
In conclusion, we are confident of Kiribati’s continuing efforts to promote and protect human rights and we sincerely hope that Kiribati will be sucessful in her endeavour, and will bring betterment to the welfare and prosperity of its people.
Geneva, 3 May 2010