May 4, 2010
Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia, at the 8h Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review, Consideration of the UPR Report for Lao People’s Democratic Republic
To begin with, allow me to extend my delegation’s appreciation to the delegation of Lao PDR, headed by H.E. Mr. Phongsavath Boupha, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, for their national report.
The report highlights the efforts made by the Government of Lao PDR to develop a culture of human rights and to disseminate it among the various ethnic communities that make up the country.
The Government must be commended for its efforts to enhance good governance and to the imperatives of fighting poverty in a country which has long suffered from the adverse effects of regional wars and their aftermath in the form of UXOs (Unexploded Ordnances). In this connection, the ratification by Lao in 2009 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was a positive development.
Putting the emphasis on development, education and healthcare, the Government has its sights firmly on the Millennium Development Goals through such programmes as the National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy (NGPES).
We note that the Government of Lao PDR is conscious of the important need to pursue the reform of the judiciary and to improve prison management. In this regard, we would like to encourage the Government to continue its efforts to train prison officers to observe human rights standards and to ban torture. This policy would be further enhanced should Lao PDR decide to sign the Convention against Torture and to ratify the Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, as mentioned in the report.
My delegation commends the efforts taken by the Lao PDR Government to disseminate and improve the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. We recommend that the Government continue to cultivate its cooperation and interaction with the human rights mechanisms and that the latter, in turn, provide the support and technical assistance that will enable Lao PDR to develop and implement its policies consistently and effectively.
Moreover, as a fellow member of ASEAN, Indonesia wishes the Lao PDR Government well in its efforts to promote and protect human rights both in the country and across the region. On that note, we recommend that the Government of Lao PDR will further enhance and strengthen the work of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission to effectively promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples of ASEAN.
Geneva, 4 May 2010