September 14, 2017

STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA GENERAL DEBATE ON ITEM 3: PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT AT THE 36TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL


Mr. President,

Indonesia takes note of the presentation of reports by the High Commissioner.  We also would like to commend the Chair-Rapporteur of Working Group of the Right of Development, Ambassador Zamir Akram, for his report and for the hard work in leading the Working Group to fulfil its mandate.

Mr. President,

As a founding member of the Human Rights Council, Indonesia continues to actively contribute to genuine dialogue and the spirit of cooperation, based on mutual trust. In upholding the principles of the council, our efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights rest primarily on the view that sentiment of encouragement and engagement is preferable rather than baseless allegations which tend to create resentment and retaliation.

In line with our national commitment and our engagement with treaty bodies, we have recently presented our national report before the Committee on Migrant Workers on 4-6 September 2017. The Committee appreciated Indonesia’s commitment in the protection of the rights of our migrant workers and families aboard. The CMW also commends the collaboration and close consultation between the Government and Civil Society in Indonesia in this regard. We are also expecting the visit of the Special Rapporteur on Food, Ms. Hilal Elver, in 2018.

Indonesia has undergone its 3rd UPR Cycle in May 2017, where the majority of the recommendations were made on economic, social and cultural rights, focusing on upholding the rights of women, children and persons with disabilities, as well as on strengthening of human rights institutions. During this HRC session, Indonesia will present our outcome adoption which will clarify the position on all pending/remaining recommendations.

Mr. President,

The civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development – are all indivisible and interdependent, with the right to development at the heart of Indonesia’s human rights policies and programs both at the global and national level.

For this matter, we remain concerned with  facts presented in  the High Commissioner’s report  that the realization of international cooperation  for the right of development still lingers behind. Although  international cooperation targets have been agreed in the 2030 Agenda, it is stated that in 2016, only 0.7 percent of GNP from developed countries were  devoted to ODA of developing countries, and only 0.15 to 0.20 percent of GNP from developed countries were allocated to least developed countries.

Mr. President,

Indonesia is deeply concerned with the fact that Human rights issues are more prone than ever to politicization and double standards. As for Indonesia, we stand ready to always promote dialogue, cooperation, and enhance capacity building of countries in dealing with their domestic challenges.

Thank you.

Geneva, 14 September 2017

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