May 6, 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 Kenya

Mr. President,

I would like to thank the Government of Kenya for submitting their national UPR report and for providing an informative update about the human rights situation in the country.

We recognize that the policy environment aimed at advancing human rights has been enhanced over the past three years in Kenya. We also welcome the government’s intention to review the National Constitution to include an explicit protection of economic, social and cultural rights, and better protection of vulnerable groups.

Kenya’s National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), established in 2002 in conformity with the Paris Principles, provides a promising foundation upon which to build good working relations with institutions such as the police and the armed forces. Though still a nascent organization, we recommend that the capacity of the KNCHR be strengthened to enable it to play a greater role in promoting human rights awareness in the country.

Mr. President,

Indonesia supports the Kenyan Government in its efforts to continue to meet the objectives outlined in the long-term development agenda Kenya Vision 2030. The three pillars of the vision, namely encouraging economic growth, the promotion and protection of human rights and the upholding of the law are all equally important for the advancement of the country.

With regards to right to education, the UN Country Team in Kenya indicated that Kenya’s free and compulsory education system has increased the gross enrolment rates to over 90 per cent nationally but that it is still not accessible to children from poor households. In light of this, my delegation recommends that the Government of Kenya seek the support of the international community and cooperate with it to formulate policies aimed at broadening further access to free and compulsory education, particularly to children from poor households.

In conclusion, Mr. President, our delegation would like to extend Indonesia’s continuing support to the Government and people of Kenya in their efforts to promote and protect the human rights in the country.

Thank you.

Geneva, 6 May 2010

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