Statement by the Delegation of Indonesia at the 8h Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review, Consideration of the UPR Report for Lesotho

May 5, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

Allow me to begin by expressing my delegation’s appreciation to H.E. Mrs Mpeo Moiloa-Mahese, Minister of Justice of Lesotho, for the comprehensive presentation of her country’s UPR report to this Working Group.

We note with appreciation that Lesotho has ratified almost all the core Human Rights Treaties. This is a testament to the commitment and efforts of the Government of Lesotho to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in accordance with international human rights standards and norms.

In this regard, we would like to acknowledge the fact that Lesotho established a Human Rights Unit in 1995 within the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and the Correctional Service.

We also welcome Lesotho’s efforts to promote the rights of people with disabilities by establishing the Rehabilitation Unit in the Ministry of Health to empower and rehabilitate people with disabilities. This affirms the important principle of the equal right of all the country’s citizens to decent welfare and livelihood opportunities.

In order that these efforts are not invalidated by some of the difficult economic, health-related and other challenges affecting the country, my delegation would like to make the following recommendations, which would help enhance the government’s human rights policy:

In accordance with the Paris Principles on National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of 1991, Lesotho should hasten the establishment of an independent national human rights institution, with the support and in cooperation with the international community.

Moreover, given that HIV/AIDS is considered the single most important threat to development in the country, we would also recommend that Lesotho seek the support of the international community and cooperate with it to formulate policies aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Lastly, my delegation commends Lesotho for the establishment of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) based on the Prevention of Corruption and Economic Offences Act 1999 whose core mandate is to fight corruption and economic offences. Whilst commending Lesotho for signing and ratifying the UN Convention against Corruption, we recommend Lesotho  strengthen the mandate and role of DCEO in combating corruption.

In conclusion, Mr. President, we have no doubt that continued cooperation with the human rights mechanisms, including on the modalities of technical assistance, will also contribute positively to Lesotho attaining its Vision 2020 goals.

Thank you.

Geneva, 5 May 2010