May 7, 2010

Statement by the Delegation of Indonesia at the 8th Session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, Consideration of the UPR Report for Guinea-Bissau

Mr. President,

Allow me, first of all, to thank the delegation of Guinea-Bissau for the comprehensive report they have presented to us on the situation of human rights in the country.

The report shows a clear political will on the part of the Government of Guinea-Bissau to establish a responsible governance and democratic order within the country, based on the rule of law.

We are also pleased to learn of the creation of the National Commission for Human Rights in October 2008, which should now be officially accredited in order to empower it to play its full part in guiding national human rights policies.

Our delegation appreciates the frankness of the report in outlining the serious shortcomings in the implementation of Guinea-Bissau’s human rights programme. Poverty, a lack of modern infrastructures and funding, the low rate of literacy, and rampant corruption are all obstacles to the effective promotion and protection of human rights and to development in the country.

If left unattended, these various elements have the power to seriously threaten peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau.  We therefore recommend that the Government work more closely with the human rights mechanisms in seeking practical solutions.

We also recommend the Government to increase its cooperation with the Treaty Bodies and consider adding to the number of international human rights instruments to which it is a party, for instance by adhering to the ICCPR, CAT and ICERD.

My delegation also notes with concern the lack of a comprehensive approach to address all forms of domestic violence against women and children. We strongly recommend the Government to immediately formulate and implement Law on Domestic Violence.

In conclusion, we have no doubt that by adopting some of the above recommendations; Guinea-Bissau would accelerate the progress of its programme for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Thank you. 

Geneve, 7 May 2010

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