Statement by the Delegation of Indonesia* At the 21st Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review Consideration of the UPR Report of Sweden
My delegation warmly welcomes the delegation of Sweden.
Indonesia appreciates the establishment of the Office of the Equality Ombudsman as well as efforts to combat violence against women and to protect rights of the child.
We note that Sweden has extensive legislation that can be used to punish various expression of racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance. In this regard, we recommend that Sweden continue strengthening efforts to combat racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance in law and practice.
Furthermore, we also appreciate our joint effort to co-host a High-level event on “Staying Together – Dialogue in the Face of Violent Extremism” in New York today on 26 January 2015. This event aims at giving a new impetus to the promotion of a culture of peace, dignity and respect for human rights, drawing on existing initiatives of the United Nations.
We also note of the efforts to ensure respect the rights of migrants. We believe that there is always room for improvement, including strengthening legal framework. Therefore, we recommend that Sweden consider ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Family.
Furthermore, while appreciating the efforts in monitoring human rights’ progress in the country, we kindly recommend once again that Sweden consider establishing a National Human Rights Institution in accordance with the Paris Principles.
Lastly, Indonesia wishes Sweden all the best in their future endeavours towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
I thank you.
Geneva, 26 January 2015
*Delivered by Mr. Caka Alverdi Awal, First Secretary for Human Rights Affairs of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.