March 20, 2017
STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA GENERAL DEBATE OF ITEM 7 HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN PALESTINE AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES 34rd SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Indonesia would like to align itself with the statements delivered on behalf of NAM, OIC and LMG.
After all of the deliberations made by the UN Human Rights Councils, the Palestinian people remains and continues to experience tremendous sufferings to this day. This does not only question the effectivity of the effort to remedy the condition on the ground but it also shows that political concern seems to be constantly outweigh our sense of humanity.
Indonesia believes that the Council main task is to end blatant human rights violations, especially the ones happening in Palestine as to our view, they are the root of all problems in the Middle East. In such light, the Human Rights Council should make extra efforts to ensure that that peace, security, human rights and developments can be made a reality for the Palestinian people.
Indonesia has always stand side-by-side with the Palestinian people. Numerous efforts ranging from extending our continuous support for the Palestinian cause in all UN resolutions, to finding concrete solutions through the holding of Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the situation in Palestine as well as providing technical assistance for Palestine under the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).
Indonesia would, therefore, ask Israel to end the developments of illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and call upon all states to boycott trading products produced in or by the illegal Israeli settlements as the profits from such trades have been used to finance illegal settlements. Indonesia also asks Israel to respect the human rights of the Palestinian people as well as their right to self-determination.
On a final note, we, in this Council, are in full agreement that peace cannot be achieved at the expense of human rights and this, of course, applies to all countries. Based on such logic, for the much awaited peace to materialize in Palestine, it is imperative that we must first eliminate all of the human rights violations which have been going on there.
Thank you Mr. President.
Geneva, 20 March 2017