Statement by the Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia at the Interactive Dialogue on the Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

June 10, 2014 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Thank you Mr. President,

First of all, my delegation aligns itself with the statements of ASEAN, OIC and NAM.

My delegation thanks Madam Pillay for the report, the last to the Council.

We share the view that much has been done, but many more needs to be addressed.

 

Mr. President,

We are here to enhance collaborative and constructive efforts to promote and protect human rights for all.

We have affirmed that human rights universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually reinforcing, and we must treat them in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with the same emphasis.

The cardinal principles underpinned our works here are clear: universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity.

The High Commissioner’s statement contains a clear message that we should work harder and more collaborative.

It is a reminder that human rights’ promotion and protection is from us, by us, and to us.

How to achieve it?

For us, it is simple: by staying true to our mandates and principles with a more open, honest and constructive dialogue as well as more effective and efficient cooperation.

 

Mr. President,

UN has created a complex human rights mechanisms, in which the Council, as the main intergovernmental body under the General Assembly; as well the high commissioner, treaty bodies and special procedures, as important non-governmental mechanisms.

Indonesia continues attaching great importance of the UN human rights mechanisms. It is why we were one of the co-facilitators of the treaty-body strengthening process in New York. Last April, we also just had constructive substantive dialogues with the Committee on ECOSOC rights and, just last Thursday 5th of June with the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

At the national level, we are currently in the process of formulating the fourth generation of a national and comprehensive human rights plan of action for 2015 – 2019. The plan will not only take into consideration recommendations derive from our UPR process, treaty body and special procedure’ visit but also, and more importantly, real needs from the ground. In its formulation, all stakeholders are involved. It is an intensive and extensive bottom-up approach.

Moreover, human rights have been mainstreamed in our medium and long-term national plan of development.

 

Mr. President,

On the issue of development, we are of the view the High Commissioner is in better position to afford more efforts in implementing the Declaration on right to development, including in addressing the gap in international level.

We also view that, in a more interconnected world which exposes various situations, there are more urgent needs now, more than before, for more dialogue and international cooperation in the field of all human rights, including in the form of capacity building and technical cooperation.

Indonesia values highly cooperation and dialogue and stands ready to contribute. In August, we will host the 6th Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations, whose over-arching theme is ‘Unity in Diversity: celebrating diversity for common and shared values.’ Topics for discussion include inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue; role of women and youth, power of sports, art, music and entertainment in fostering understanding; role of media, including social media; and social inclusion and migration.

 

Mr. President,

Finally, we would like to express our appreciation to high commissioner, and her office, for her commitment and tireless efforts to further promote and protect human rights in international level. The high respect of stature and independence of the high commissioner and her office, now enjoys, we believe, is due to the relentless efforts to remind all stakeholders—state and non-states including NGOSs—for ensuring all rights are promoted and protected.

We wish her every success in her future endeavours.

I thank you, Mr. President.

 

Geneva, 10 June 2014