Statement by H.E. Mr. Desra Percaya, Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the15th Session of the Human Rights Council, Agenda Item 2 – Annual Report of the High commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commission

September 13, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Agenda Item 2 – Annual Report of the High commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commission

Mr. President,

Madame High Commissioner,

On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank the High Commissioner for her report. May I also extend a warm welcome and congratulation to the new President and Vice-Presidents of the Council. As a fellow ASEAN member country, I can assure you Mr. President, of Indonesia’s full support and cooperation as the Council continues to tackle many challenging tasks ahead.

Indonesia aligns itself with the statements made by Pakistan and Egypt on behalf of the OIC and the Non-Aligned Movement respectively.

Mr. President,

May I comment on many interesting observations and recommendations included in the High Commissioner’s update.

In relation to the Council review process, may we reiterate the importance of our agreement to review and not reform the institution. However, it is essential for all of us to ensure that this process is progressing on the substantial part, in order to enable us to achieve our common objectives of the review.

We fully concur with the High Commissioner’s observation that the Council should find improved ways to deal with emergency human rights situations and to increase the impact of its work on the ground. But we also recognize that such efforts are dependent on time schedules and available resources.

With regard to the UPR process, Indonesia is seriously implementing a national human rights agenda incorporating UPR recommendations and provisions stipulated under treaty bodies, special procedures and other international human rights mechanisms. We believe that the improvement of human rights on the ground is the reflection of the long-term strategic value of the UPR process.

Mr. President,

Indonesia fully supports the forthcoming workshops on the prohibition of incitement to national, racial or religious hatred that will be held throughout 2011.

Increasing polarization and intolerance of different religions and cultures is an alarming global trend and one which must be addressed with urgency.  We hope that these workshops will be effective in promoting better understanding and trust between communities of different races, cultures, religions and beliefs.

Lastly Mr. President, I wish to congratulate Madame High Commissioner for  assuming the chairmanship of Global Migration Group. Hopefully this will strengthen the human rights perspectives in dealing with this issue.

Thank you.

Geneva, 13 September 2010