Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia, at The Urgent Debate of the Human Rights Council on The Grave Attacks by Israeli Forces Against Humanitarian Boat Convoy

June 1, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

I would like to thank you for your prompt response in convening this urgent debate upon request from the OIC and the Arab Group.

Indonesia aligns itself with the statements made by Pakistan and Egypt on behalf of the OIC and NAM respectively.

Mr President,

This is a sad day for all of us to discuss the tragic events of yesterday in the international territorial waters off Gaza, which yet again represent the blatant disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law by Israel, the Occupying Power.

Indonesia condemns in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces, the Occupying Forces, who stormed the Mavi Marmara ship which was transporting much needed aid to people in the Occupied Gaza Strip. Tragically, this violent assault resulted in the death of at least 9 civilian humanitarian workers and injured over 50 others, including Indonesians.

We are also appalled to learn that many of the humanitarian activists, including several Indonesian citizens, are now being detained by the Occupying Power. This is again a fundamental breach of human rights, and we demand that all detained persons are released promptly.

As further details about these deplorable and unjustifiable killings emerge, Indonesia welcomes and supports the statement of the Secretary General of the United Nations and the High Commissioner of Human Rights that calls for a credible independent international fact finding mission to investigate this incident.

We also urge the international community to work together to ensure that the Occupying Power is held accountable for its serious crimes and that the welfare of the Palestinian people continues to be a matter of the highest priority on the human rights agenda. No country is above the law and all are obligated to protect human rights.

Mr President,

The Israeli attack will no doubt have wide-reaching ramifications across the region and for this we express our sadness and regret.  But we must also remember that this incident is just one part of a wider picture of ongoing violence, injustice, conflict and suffering of the Palestinian people.

The unjustifiable blockade of the Gaza Strip, along with the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, constitutes both a clear violation of international law and fundamental human rights and denies the Palestinian people access to humanitarian assistance, including food, fuel and medical treatment. We call upon the Occupying Power to lift this blockade.

Attempts to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza should surely therefore be encouraged and not met with the hostility and violence that took place yesterday.

We regret that this incident comes at a time when all efforts should be focused on creating a conducive environment for advancing negotiations in the Middle East Peace Process which is currently entering a crucial phase with the launching of the “proximity talks”, as conveyed by President Mahmoud Abbas in his visit to Indonesia on 29th May 2010.

As a country which stands alongside Palestine in their quest for an independent State and the right to a decent, just and prosperous life, Indonesia expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian people and all those who advocate on behalf of their human rights and independence. And, again, we reiterate our outrage at this latest tragic incident and we trust that the Council will take urgent and concrete action in this regard.

Thank you.

Geneva, 1 June 2010