Statement by H.E. EDI YUSUP Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia on the 21st Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review Consideration of the UPR Report of Lao People’s Democratic Republic

January 20, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation warmly welcomes the delegation of Lao PDR, headed by. H.E. Phongsavath Boupha, Minister/Head of the President’s Office, Chairman of National Steering Committee on Human Rights, and thanks them for the report.

Indonesia appreciates the commitment and efforts of Lao PDR to advance a state governed by the rule of law and respect for human rights values through the implementation of the Master Plan on the Development of the Rule of Law.

We also note with appreciation the implementation of the National Socio-Economic Development Plan, and hope that the Plan will comprehensively progress the human development for all in Lao PDR.

As a member of ASEAN, Lao PDR has been providing important contributions to the regional efforts to promote human rights, including through leading the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) studies on the Right to Peace, the Right to Education and the Right to Health.

We are confident that Lao PDR will continue its valuable engagement to AICHR and benefit from regional cooperation on relevant human rights issues.

 

Mr. President,

In a spirit of dialogue and cooperation, Indonesia wishes to kindly submit the following recommendations:

While recognising the Government’s effort in tackling the problem of human trafficking, we recommend that Lao PDR  speed up the drafting of a Law on Anti Human Trafficking.

We also recommend the Lao PDR to consider expediting the process of ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Migrants Workers and Their Family Members.

To conclude, Mr. President, Indonesia would like to offer its best wishes to the Government and People of Lao PDR in their future endeavours.

I thank you.

Geneva, 20 January 2015