May 5, 2010
Statement by the Delegation of Indonesia at the 8h Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review, Consideration of the UPR Report for Spain
I would like to thank the Delegation of Spain, headed by H.E. Mr. Jose de Francisco, Minister of State for Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, for submitting their national UPR report and for providing an informative update about the human rights situation in the country.
As outlined in the report, the promotion and protection of human rights has become a core element of government policy since the historic signing and ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1977. Since then, Spain has ratified most international human rights agreements in the framework of both the Council of Europe and the United Nations and has kept up to date with the submission of its periodic reports. For this we commend them.
My delegation also commends the role played by Spain in bridging nations and cultures together through the framework of the Alliance of Civilization, to which Indonesia is involved. We are of the view that such an endeavor is commendable in the effort to reduce cultural insensitivity and ignorance which has plagued various parts of the world.
Indonesia recognizes that like many other European countries, Spain is a destination country for international migration. We are pleased to learn that the government has enacted several legislations to ensure that foreign nationals are granted the same basic rights as Spanish nationals including the right to freedom of movement, health, education and social services.
In light of this, my delegation notes that Spain has neither signed nor ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. We therefore recommend Spain to sign and ratify the aforementioned Convention.
Spain’s national plan to combat human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation, adopted in December 2008, is commendable in its aim to be the country’s first comprehensive planning instrument for efforts in this important area. However, we note with some concern that existing legislation on human trafficking does not include a definition of trafficking in line with international law. My delegation recommends that this is amended soon.
In conclusion, Indonesia would like to express our continued support to the government and people of Spain in their efforts to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in their country.
Geneva, 5 May 2010