Statement by the Delegation of Indonesia* at the 20th Session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, Consideration of the UPR Report of Italy
My delegation would like to thank the delegation of Italy headed by H.E. Mr. Lapo Pisteli, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, for their comprehensive national report and continued engagement in the UPR process.
Indonesia welcomes the number of comprehensive human rights policies that have been approved during period under review, in particular the adoption of the 2013-2015 National Plans against Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance. It clearly sets a good example to the international community with regard to the internal continued and ongoing process on supporting national and local policies to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and intolerance, and at promoting a multiethnic, multicultural open and democratic society.
My delegation learned from the report that the Government of Italy has submitted several Bills in order to establish a National Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. In this regard, we recommend the Government of Italy to speed up the process of the establishment of a national human rights institution in conformity with Paris Principles.
With regard to the issue of immigration and integration policies, Indonesia takes note with appreciation that Italy abandoned the “push-back” practice and is committed in Search and Rescue activities at sea in ensuring the rescue of migrants onto the Italian territory. My delegation consider this practice set a good example for all countries in order to properly handling the exceptional arrival of migrants while at the same time respect the human rights of those migrants.
While taking note measures and programs carried out by Italy to advance the promotion and protection of the rights of immigrants in general, we recommend the Government of Italy to consider ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
To conclude, Indonesia would like to offer its best wishes to the Government and people of Italy in their future endeavours towards the promotion and protection of human rights at all levels.
Geneva, 27 Ocrober 2014
*As Delivered by Mr. Acep Somantri, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva.