November 8, 2010
Statement by the Indonesian Delegation at the9th Session of the UPR Working Group – Review of Croatia
I would like to thank the delegation of Croatia for presenting its national report as part of the UPR Process.
Indonesia commends the Government of Croatia for formulating the 2010/2011 Operational Plan for the Implementation of the National Program for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. This is a positive step and a constructive contribution to the considerable progress made in human rights protection over recent years.
One particular area which we believe merits attention is Croatia’s progress in improving the rights of persons with disabilities. Croatia was among the first countries to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and we commend the government’s subsequent efforts to mainstream this pertinent issue.
However, Indonesia recommends that the Croatian government implement a more human rights and community-based approach to the issue of institutionalization of the mentally-ill persons..
Indonesia also shares the concerns regarding the high incidence of domestic violence against women. Whilst we commend government initiatives such as public awareness raising campaigns and more training programmes for government officials, we recommend that Croatia implement an effective law to protect the women and child victims of domestic violence.
We also note the country’s serious approach to combating human trafficking and commend the formulation of the Third National Plan Against Trafficking Persons, which include increasing training of border police and police officers working to tackle this criminal industry. We recommend that the Croatian Government continue to effectively implement this National Plan.
In relation to combating racism and other forms of discrimination, we commend the Croatian government for making great strides over the past decade. The introduction of human rights and democratic citizenship education in schools was just one of the post-war initiatives aimed at promoting respect and tolerance between communities and we recommend that the government continue the efforts to implement the National Anti-discrimination Plan 2008–2013.