May 7, 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 of Sweden
I would like to thank the delegation of Sweden, headed by the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, for the submission of their national report and their participation in the UPR process.
Indonesia welcomes the commitment of the Government of Sweden to make the protection of human rights one of the priorities of Sweden’s foreign policy. Accordingly, the government has applied this philosophy not just at the national level, mainstreaming human rights and democracy as fundamental values in Swedish society, but also extended it to the broader context of regional and international fora, and to international relations. Thus, we commend Sweden’s initiative in establishing bilateral dialogues on human rights with several states, including Indonesia.
However, Mr. President, we would like to express our concern regarding several fundamental human rights challenges that the Government of Sweden needs to address. One of these relates to the recent publication of an outrageous poster of Prophet Muhammad as well as a blasphemous video message by one of the Swedish political parties, both of which are clear manifestations of the defamation of Islam. Amid the sincere and intensive interfaith and inter-religious dialogues and cooperation which countries are endeavouring to conduct, this recent incident obviously undermines the process of building trust and understanding among cultures. We therefore recommend that the Government of Sweden take serious measures to address such irresponsible acts, which merely perpetuate religious hatred and intolerance.
Finally, as stipulated by the Human Rights Committee, until now Sweden has not established an independent national human rights institution in accordance with the Paris Principles. Considering the vital role played by such a mechanism in ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights, we would recommend that Sweden establish its national human rights institution in accordance with the Paris Principles in a timely manner.
Geneva, 7 May 2010