May 10, 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 Turkey

Mr President,

I would like to thank the delegation of Turkey, headed by H.E. Mr. Cemil Cicek, Vice Prime Minister of Turkey, for submitting their national UPR report and for providing an informative update about the human rights situation in the country.           

The report highlighted the significant efforts undertaken by the Government in promoting and protecting human rights in Turkey, notably in aligning the National Human Rights Framework with international standards.             

Turkey is state party to eight core international human rights conventions and we commend the country’s commitment to implementing a number of strategic plans of action to meet these obligations.

Indonesia is especially pleased to note that human rights education has been enhanced within both the Turkish national education system and the law enforcement agencies.  The implementation of a “Zero Tolerance Policy” towards torture and degrading treatment will also greatly assist in fostering a culture in which the human rights of all are respected and upheld.

Mr President,           

My delegation notes that Turkey has yet to establish a National Human Rights Institution in accordance with the UN Paris Principles, and thus lacks an independent monitoring mechanism for the promotion and protection of human rights.  We recommend therefore that progress in preparing the legal framework for this mechanism is expedited.           

Indonesia welcomes the government’s initiatives to tackle the scourge of human trafficking and recommends that Turkey strengthen its efforts in fully implementing the National Action Plan of Action on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. The eradication of human trafficking and the protection of victims should be of paramount importance and supported at all levels.

In conclusion, Indonesia would like to express our continued support to the Government and people of Turkey for their efforts to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in their country.  

Thank you.

Geneva,  10 May 2010

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