November 7, 2016
STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA 26th SESSION OF THE WORKING GROUP ON UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW CONSIDERATION OF THE NATIONAL REPORT OF HAITI*
My delegation would like to thank the delegation of Haiti for the presentation of their national report and continued engagement in the UPR process.
Indonesia welcomes the progress taken by the Government of Haiti since their first cycle and the establishment of the Interministerial Human Rights Committee to coordinate and implement UPR recommendations. We also commend Haiti’s achievements in acquiring “A” status on the Ombudsman’s Office in accordance to the Paris Principles.
Indonesia also notes with appreciation the accession of Haiti to the ICESCR and CRC in 2014, as well as the harmonization of human rights policies into the national Strategic Development Plan 2030 to fulfill access to education, gender equality, children’s rights, health services, access to housing, social assistance, and national disasters and emergency response.
We acknowledged that two international instruments have been signed: the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punisment (CAT) and the International Convention on the protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of their Families (ICRMW).
In this regard, we have noted the Government of Haiti have strengthened the National Police and implemented Justice reforms, including implementing reforms in the criminal law, pretrial detention and access to justice.
Therefore, Indonesia recommends the Government of Haiti, the following:
- To redouble its efforts to ratify the CAT and the ICRMW;
- To launch and implement a National Human Rights Action Plan in order to improve the promotion and protection of human rights, with the participation of Civil Society.
To conclude, Indonesia would like to offer its best wishes to the Government and people of Haiti in their future endeavors towards the promotion and protection of human rights at all levels.
Geneva, 7 November 2016
*Delivered by Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo, Third Secretary – Permanent Mission of Indonesia.