Statement by H.E. Desra Percaya, Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council – Consideration of UPR Report of Lao People’s Democratic Republic

September 21, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

I would like to firstly thank the delegation of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, headed by H.E. Yong Chanthalangsy, for their detailed presentation today.

As a fellow member of ASEAN, we commend the Government of Lao for their increasing efforts to promote good governance and to improve the welfare and living standards for its population in the country.

We recognize that a history of regional conflict has hindered the country’s ability to make more rapid improvements in these and other critical areas, but we are encouraged to learn that socio-economic development, poverty eradication, and economic growth are all key priorities on the government agenda.

Indonesia also commends the ratification by Lao of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  This is particularly relevant and important to a country such as Laos where the deadly legacy of landmines continues to undermine the safety and development of the population.

Mr. President,

Indonesia would like to thank Laos for accepting two of its recommendations, namely to further enhance and strengthen the work of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and to cooperate more closely with the human rights mechanisms.

Cooperation with the human rights mechanisms is also an important obligation of all Member States and we believe the Lao Government will continue to constructively engage with ASEAN Intergovernmental Comission on Human Rights as well as the Council. The   country’s recent invitation to the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and its intention to invite other special rapporteurs in the future is a positive step forward in this regard.

In closing, may I once again thank the Government of Lao for its cooperation in the UPR mechanism and assure them our support and close cooperation in the follow-up of its recommendations. We also sincerely hope that the Council will adopt the outcome report by consensus.

Thank you.

Geneva, 21st  September 2010