June 18, 2012
Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the 20th Session of the Human Rights Council – Agenda Item 2
Annual Report of the High commissioner for Human Rights And Reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
Madame High Commissioner,
My delegation would like to thank the High Commissioner for her reports and statement, highlighting various initiatives and observations in line with the mandate, to promote and protect human rights around the globe. I also warmly welcome your appointment for a second term.
We align ourselves with the statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC and Egypt on behalf of Non-Aligned Movement.
Despite commendable progress achieved on the global situation of human rights, current economic downturn has unfortunately exacerbated and unaddressed around the world, affecting the most vulnerable sectors of society, persons living in poverty, women, children, persons with disabilities, migrant workers, among others, who are deprived of their basic human rights.
As the High Commissioner rightly pointed out, it is imperative to respect, protect and fulfill economic, social and cultural rights to respond to genuine demands of people across the globe. We stress the need to create an enabling international atmosphere addressing economic and financial as well as socio-political dimension.
We welcome your approach in calling for the Member Countries’ commitment to ensure full coherence between efforts to advance the green economy and their solemn human rights obligations, in the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. We stress the need to focus on the right to development in the Council.
My delegation shares the urgency to emphasize the human rights dimension of migration, which is increasing at a time of worldwide financial and economic crises. As party to the Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and active contributor of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Indonesia will redouble its efforts to promote and protect migrant workers and be an avid part of the global campaign for the universal ratification of this Convention. Country of origin, transit, or destination must assume responsibility in the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and their families.
Madame High Commissioner,
We share your view of the growing trend on incidents of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and religious intolerance in a number of countries. None are immune, developed as well as developing countries.
Last month, the Council held the first session of the second cycle of the UPR mechanism. Indonesia is proud to once again be among the first countries to undergo this second round of peer review tool. My delegation thanks those countries who have expressed their valuable support and constructive recommendations.
My delegation notes the visits by the High Commissioner to various countries in order to work closely with member states in accordance with their national human rights agenda.
We also welcome your initiative to strengthen the treaty body system and are committed to constructively engage in the multi-stakeholders consultations. We support your efforts to mainstream human rights in the UN system.
Taking into account the strategic aspect of securing resources for the system and in line with the trend of reforming many UN agencies, we underline the need to have more transparency, accountability and efficiency of operation of the OHCHR. We look forward to discussion on this issue. We noted that limited resources require careful consideration before embarking on new activities and thus the need for efficiency and result based management, which have been echoed by many developed and developing countries in other UN organizations.
In conclusion, let me reiterate our full support to the OHCHR and look forward to continue working together to promote and protect human rights globally.
Geneva, 18 June 2012