November 4, 2010
Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the 9th Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review – Consideration of the UPR Report for Bulgaria
My delegation would like to thank H.E. Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the delegation of Bulgaria for their national report, as well as commitment to the Council and the UPR process.
We commend the Bulgarian government for ensuring that their national legislations incorporate the principles of the international human rights treaties to which the country is a party. We also appreciate Bulgaria’s commitment to strengthening the democratic process and the rule of law.
Indonesia echoes the concerns expressed by a number of stakeholders on Bulgaria’s current child protection system, particularly in terms of access to health, welfare and social assistance. We recommend that the government put in place sound policies to ensure a safer environment for children and implement a more effective system for addressing cases of violence against children.
Human trafficking, especially of women, remains a major challenge for many eastern European countries including Bulgaria. We are encouraged to learn that Bulgaria has established a National Commission to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and also set up a national and transnational referral mechanism for victims of trafficking. We recommend that the Bulgarian government continue to ensure effective implementation of that mechanism and improve public awareness about this issue.
Finally, for ensuring further progress in the efforts to promote and protect human rights in Bulgaria, Indonesia wishes to recommend that Bulgaria establish an Independent National Human Rights Institution in accordance with the Paris Principles.
Geneva, 4 November 2010