Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the 9th Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review – Consideration of the UPR Report for Mongolia

November 2, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank the Government of Mongolia for submitting their national UPR report and for providing an informative update about the human rights situation in the country.

We commend Mongolia for its commitment to the UPR process and for the inclusive way in which their national report has been compiled.  We also appreciate Mongolia’s pledge to actively engage with the Human Rights Council and other specialized UN agencies.

Mr. President,

Indonesia is encouraged to learn that, in recent years, Mongolia has established both a National Human Rights Commission and a National Action Plan for Human Rights. These are significant steps in promoting and protecting human rights in the country. We therefore recommend the Mongolian government to ensure that all human rights initiatives stipulated in the National Action Plan are implemented and monitored in an effective way.

Mongolia’s efforts and progress in matters relating to gender equality and the enhancement of women’s and children’s rights should be highlighted. Whilst there is more work to be done, we commend the Mongolian Government for recognizing the importance of improving the country’s track record in these areas and for raising greater awareness of gender equality. The National Program on Gender Parity is one good examples of this initiative.

In addition, against the backdrop of increasing globalization and cross-border movement,we recommend that Mongolia adopt an anti-trafficking law to protect and assist victims of such criminal and clandestine activities.

Mr President,

May I also highlight the fact that poverty still clearly remains a key obstacle to Mongolia’s ability to fulfill the basic human rights of the population. Therefore, Indonesia wishes to recommend that the Mongolian Government channels it efforts into implementing poverty- alleviation strategies, particularly in suburban and rural areas.

Thank you.

Geneva, 2 November 2010