September 16, 2010

Statement by the Indonesian Delegation General Debate under Agenda Item 2 and 3, 15th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mr President,

On behalf of my delegation, I wish to thank Mr. Bacre Ndiaye for introducing the thematic reports and the Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Right to Development for their reports.

My delegation aligns itself to the statement made by Pakistan and Egypt on behalf of the OIC and NAM respectively.

Mr. President,

As our delegation pointed out last April, at the 11th Session of the Working Group, incorporating an international dimension is an essential factor for the success of our national development efforts.

Thus, we believe in the need to re-emphasize the pivotal role of international solidarity and cooperation, and the importance of partnerships, in our national policies.

Debt relief, technology transfer, investment in developing-country research and industry, and the avoidance of protectionist policies are just some of the measures which can substantially accelerate the promotion and creation of “social well-being” in the developing world through a fair distribution of wealth and resources.

Whilst we appreciate the high-level task force’s progress in identifying a set of important criteria and sub-criteria in its report, we believe that further efforts are still needed if the expectations set out in the Declaration on the Right to Development are to be met. Our aim should be the establishment of an international legally-binding instrument which will serve as an important guarantee that the right to development of all countries will be respected and implemented.

Mr. President,

Turning to the thematic reports, as a member of ASEAN, Indonesia warmly welcomed the convening of the 15th Workshop on Regional Cooperation for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific region in Bangkok and is fully committed to following up on the Action Points generated from it.

As an ever-evolving regional bloc, with a dynamic and diverse membership, ASEAN remains a key priority in our foreign policy and we are hopeful and determined to see that the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission develops into a viable and influential institution both for the region and for the world.

My delegation also notes with interest the OHRCR study on the protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration.   We concur with the report’s findings which recommend States do more to integrate the rights of children into national legislation and policies relating to migration.

As a country which sees many of its citizens employed as domestic workers overseas, Indonesia commends the report’s appeal for States to ensure that the children of domestic workers are given the right to  education. This stipulation is in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which puts the best interest of the child as one of its primary principles

Finally, Indonesia shares the concerns expressed by the OIC about the frequent late publishing of reports and the unavailability of information in all UN languages.  This issue must be urgently addressed to ensure that all delegations are given the required time needed to study the reports and formulate responses. Efforts to resolve this outstanding issue will be supremely beneficial to the overall running and constructiveness of the Council discussions. We hope that debates on this issue will continue.

Thank you.

Geneva, 16 September 2010

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