March 3, 2017

Statement of the Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Thank you Vice President.

We thank both Special Rapporteurs for their presentations and responses yesterday. Both mandates of the two special rapporteurs are indeed interrelated.

We also like to congratulate Mr. Nils Melzer, on his appointment as the Special Rapporteur on torture.

We note with interest the priority given by the Special Rapporteur to address torture and inhumane treatment carried out by non-state actors. This is in line with Indonesia’s priority and to this end concrete actions on the ground continues to be taken to combat inhumane treatment and act of torture conducted by non-state actors, including in the fisheries industry.

We also note with interest on your commitment to conduct an open, respectful and constructive dialogue with States and other stakeholders, in carrying out your mandate on anti torture. We believe such commitment is key.

Mr. Melzer, your report highlights among others that the limited resources allocated to the mandate are not sufficient to respond to the ever-growing number of urgent requests for intervention on behalf of individuals.

In this juncture, Could you elaborate more on your the future plans and method of works in fulfilling your mandates, bearing in mind that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated.

To Mr. Forst, similar to the support  given to SR adequate housing in her work to empower states to comply with their human rights obligations for the benefit of all, could you elaborate more on your future actions on empowering the capacity of UN member states to to support the work of human rights defenders.

Thank you

Geneva, 3 March 2017


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