October 28, 2010

Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the 1st Meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Review of the Work and Functioning of the HRC – Item 4.4. : Methods of Work

Mr. President,

On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank you for initiating this week’s session of the Council review process and for providing Indonesia with an opportunity to take the floor today.

My delegation would also like to align itself to the statements made by Pakistan and Egypt on behalf of the OIC and NAM respectively.

Mr. President,

There are a number of issues which we would like to raise in relation to the existing methods of work and rules of procedure.

Firstly, I turn to the issue of “meeting fatigue” and problems resulting from an insufficient time lapse between the various Council meetings.

In this regard, we wish to propose that meeting schedules, particularly for the HRC sessions, should be re-arranged to provide sufficient time for the thorough reading of documents. The provision of more time would also enable participants to follow up on the outcomes of the past Council sessions and prepare for upcoming sessions thus making our meetings more constructive. Documents should be made readers or diplomats-friendly with executive summary parts.

Therefore, in line with GA Resolution 60/251, Indonesia supports the proposal to hold 3 Council sessions for ten weeks every year. Under this arrangement, there would be two sessions to discuss all agenda items, with the exception of Item 6 on the UPR process, which would be the focus of a third dedicated session.

With regard to the deliberation and formulation of HRC resolutions, it has become increasingly evident that this process has become overly long and repetitive. The duplication of initiatives within the General Assembly/Third Committee being a case in point.   In order to avoid this problem, we propose that States consider an annual, biennial or even triennial submission of proposals/draft resolutions.

Indonesia would also like put forward the idea of compiling a yearly calendar of scheduled proposals. This would enable all States and stakeholders to be more aware of upcoming issues and thus assist in their preparations for negotiations.

Noting the importance of raising awareness of the general public on the works of the HRC, as well as the need to enhance the participation and constructive contribution of relevant stakeholders from developing countries, including National Human Rights Institutions and civil societies, Indonesia proposes to hold one Council session annually in each region on a rotational basis. For the sake of efficiency, HRC meeting could be held in the UN Regional Office which has adequate meeting facilities. As a form of technical assistance, relevant stakeholders, particularly NGOs from developing countries, can be assisted/ facilitated to attend HRC meeting so as to ensure their effective participation, and a wider global stakeholders.

Finally, in relation to the availability of documentation for Council meetings, we would like to once again reiterate the importance of receiving these at the earliest opportunity and in all UN official languages.  Indeed, this is a provision set out in Paragraph 117 of the IB Package and should therefore be adhered to. An efficient method of delivery of documents and a more simplified  format with executive summary would assist delegation in preparing for the meeting and having more interactive discussions. Statements or presentations by the speakers in the podium, be it mandate holders, panelists, or Secretariat, should be distributed well in advance, through emails/internet or if possible, in hard copy.

Mr. President, I thank you again for your commitment to this review process and hereby conclude Indonesia’s proposals on this issue.

Thank You

Geneva, 28 October 2010
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