Statement by H.E. Mr. Edi Yusup,Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesiaat the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council,Agenda Item 2 -Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rightsand Reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

September 9, 2013 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation would like to thank the High Commissioner for her update. We align ourselves with the statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC and Iran on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement respectively.


Mr. President,

Indonesia shares the High Commissioner’s concern on the alarming development in Syria and concurs her observation that there are no easy exit, no obvious pathway out of this nightmare, except the immediate negotiation of concrete steps to end the conflict.

We also share the High Commissioner’s views on the already fragile regional stability where  a number of countries in the region is currently facing tremendous domestic challenges themselves. Additional regional instability is definitely not a condusive factor for them to progressively address those complications.

Once again, we learn about Israel’s blatant violations of international human rights laws. Israel’s continued policy of forced evictions and demolitions in at least six different locations in the past three weeks alone, in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem clearly demonstrates Israel’s ignorance and arrogance to the repeated calls and concern by the international community. This unfortunate trend deserves our full attention and consideration.


Mr. President,

We note with appreciation the High Commissioner’s continued calls and legitimate concern, underscoring human rights dimension of the current economic crisis.  Like many other countries, Indonesia is also carrying out austerity policies in the country in dealing with the global economic crisis. As the High Commissioner rightly pointed out in her statement, our policies pay particular attention to the severe impacts of the policies toward the economic and social rights of the most vulnerable communities.

Against this backdrop, we welcome the country visit by Ms. Raquel Rolnik – Special Rapporteur on adequate housing to Indonesia last June. As developing country with huge and dispersed population, it is only reasonable that Indonesia is  facing tremendeous challenges in promoting and protecting of the right to adequate housing of its people. However, we are encouraged by the observation of the Special Rapporteur that Indonesia has a “unique window of opportunity” in the next few years to address these challenges, and to manage urbanisation and economic development to ensure inclusive growth that also benefits the poor. We look forward to the deliberation of the report during the main session of the Council next year.

As Co-facilitators of the inter-governmental process on treaty bodies strengthening in New York, Indonesia fully shares the urgent need for full engagement of Member States and also the provision of adequate resources and the ability to adopt efficient procedures, in order the treaty bodies to effectively fulfil their crucial function and mandate. Along this line, my delegation is pleased to inform the Council that Indonesia presented its initial and first periodic report to the Human Rights Committee last July. The Committee’s concluding observations will certainly serve as further encouragement to Indonesia’s national human rights agenda and priorities.

My delegation welcomes the efforts by the Office of the High Commissioner to raise the profile and the importance of the right to development by completing the work on a landmark publication on the subject which will be launched later this year.

As one of the Co-chairs of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia underlines a prominent feature of human rights in the agenda. A centrality of eradicating of extreme poverty in the report clearly indicates the projecting role of right to development in the overall agenda. Indonesia is looking forward to further inter-governmental deliberations of the report.

In conclusion, Mr. President, let me reiterate our resolute support and engagement with the human rights mechanism, including the Office of High Commissioner and Human Rights Council. We look forward to continue working closely to ensure success of our common endeavors in the promotion and protection of human rights globally.

Thank you.

Geneva, 9 September 2013