Closing Remarks by H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, at the 13th Session of the Working Group Meeting on Universal Periodic Review for Indonesia

May 23, 2012 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Madam President,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we have just concluded our interactive dialogue, I wish to thank all delegations for their active participation and valuable contributions.

In our deliberations today we were able to take stock of what we have accomplished so far and to identify areas where we need to enhance our efforts to advance the cause of human rights.

Many issues were brought up, reflecting the dynamics in my country’s efforts to promote and protect the human rights of our people.

I am pleased to note the recognition of our endeavors in the field of human rights. At the same time, from the perspectives contributed and questions raised, we are fully aware that our progress is not without challenges and constraints.

Madam President,

Indonesia will continue to cultivate a culture of respect for human rights for all in our multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.

The advancement of universal human rights remains one of our Government’s highest priorities.

Mainstreaming of human rights and fundamental freedoms will always be on our agenda.

Our National Action Plan on Human Rights and various national policies will guide us toward this end, with the active participation of and contributions from all stakeholders, including our vibrant civil societies.

Indeed, the dynamics of the socio-political life of our nation constantly test the firmness of our commitment.

But we will persevere in the continuing process of promoting and protecting the human rights of our people. We will keep assessing and improving our efforts.

Madam President,

Distinguished Delegates,

Indeed our deliberations today have yielded many constructive comments and recommendations. We are grateful for these.

As this mechanism is aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground, I believe that the greatest benefit from our exercise today will be the implementation of its realistic and deliverable recommendations.

Let me therefore assure you that my delegation will give careful and serious consideration to every recommendation brought up here today. We will respond accordingly in due time.

I said earlier, we acknowledge that there is room for enhancement in our efforts to promote and protect human rights. We leave no stone unturned in our quest to promote democracy and human rights. That is why we are here: to listen and to learn from one another. And indeed to be part of humankind’s quest for a better world.

I thank you, Madam President.

Geneva, 23 May 2012