Statement by the Indonesian Delegation at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council Consideration of UPR Report of Sweden

September 23, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation wishes to thank the delegation of Sweden for their  updates and detailed information.

Indonesia commends Sweden’s long-standing tradition of promoting human rights, democracy and providing international development assistance to countries in need.

Mr. President,

We, like several other countries, note that Sweden has not yet established a national human rights institution in line with the Paris Principles.   We wish to reiterate our recommendation for the Swedish Government to continue working in this area.

Despite Indonesia’s proven support for press freedom and freedom of expression, we are of the view that deliberate religious-based provocative acts only perpetuate Islamophobia and intolerance and undermine our collective efforts to promote peace, mutual respect and understanding between different communities.

We therefore hope that such examples of intolerance will not be repeated and that Swedish legislation prohibiting such crimes and hate speech will be strengthened.

Indonesia also welcomes Sweden’s initiative to establish bilateral dialogues on human rights, including with Indonesia. We look forward to engaging further in this process.

In conclusion, let me once again thanks to the Swedish Government for its cooperation with the Council.

Thank you

Geneva, 23 September 2010