June 30, 2016

EXPLANATION OF VOTE THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA ON ADOPTION OF THE DRAFT RESOLUTION L. 2 ON PROTECTION AGAINST VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY (SOGI) THE 32ND SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL*


Mr. President,

My delegation takes the floor to explain our position on the draft resolution L. 2 rev 1 as ammended before us.

Mr. President,

Indonesia reaffirms its unwavering commitments in the elimination of discrimination and violence against all persons as firmly guaranteed in the Indonesian constitution and ratified international Human Rights Treaties.

While recognising the mandate of the Human Right Council to promote and protect human rights, we believe that the Council should always take a constructive and cooperative approach in the consideration of issues, particularly those involving different socio-cultural, religious, norms and morality.

We believe that members of the Council should  always demonstrate the requisite sensitivity to them and refrain from imposing certain values or norms to others and those that do not enjoy international consensus.

Whilst mindful of the reasoning introduced by the initiator of the draft resolution, we are concerned that the draft resolution before us, as well as the overall discussions on this issue, links the discussion on discrimination and violence with a concept that is divisive and lacks  of recognition to the different norms, cultures and views of other societies.

While welcoming the adoption of several amendments of principle statement of the text, we consider that the basic purposes and objectives of the draft resolution remains the same. For that reason, my delegation is unable to support the draft resolution, and has voted against.

Furthermore, in line with our position, we also want to put on the record that we are not in the position to support, cooperate or engage with the mandate holder created from it.

I thank you.

Geneva, 30 June 2016

*delivered by Mr. Dicky Komar, Director of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia

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