STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA *) ANNUAL HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON HUMAN RIGHTS MAINSTREAMING ‘ENHANCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS’ 28TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

March 3, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

First of all, thank you to all panellists for the valuable contributions.

We underscore the imperative that international cooperation should be based on mutual respect and understanding, on principles of the UN Charter, and on a constructive approach. Moreover, the realisation of such cooperation should be upon request and with the consent of the country concerned and based on real needs on the ground.

It is relatively not difficult to predict that imposition of certain intention to other will not yield the expected result without full cooperation with the parties concerned, in particular the cooperation in the field of human rights which can be easily misconstrued and misunderstood.

The cooperation in this field should pay attention to balance approach between civil and political rights and ECOSOC rights, including right to development.

It is utmost pertinent to enhance international development cooperation among relevant parties, including between North – South and also between South – South.

In this connection, Indonesia will host an Asia-Africa Summit in April 2015 to reaffirm our commitment and cooperation.

 

Mr. President,

International cooperation in the field of human rights should be a two way street. In this regard, all parties must learn from each other and are willing to listen, accommodate, and take common steps.

One common issue is multiculturalism.

Being a country of hundreds of ethnic groups and languages as well as religions, tolerance and mutual respect have been a fact of life in Indonesia. In general, people can live side by side peacefully. Indeed, challenges exist, but the state and the community continue to engage in dialogue and conflict resolutions.

In this regard, we concur with the opinion that the international cooperation in the field of human rights shall also cover dialogue and respect of cultural diversity and civilisations. No one should feel more superior on this issue.

Indonesia is and will continue to be active in promoting dialogue among cultures. With partners in the region, we have initiated regional interfaith dialogues. Last year, we hosted a summit of Alliance of Civilisation.

 

Mr. President,

In the Council, Indonesia has consistently promoted dialogue and cooperation. We support the technical cooperation resolution under item 10. We also support UPR as the only intergovernmental peer review mechanism. The universal nature of UPR should be maintained. UPR should not be burdened with unrealistic conditions.

To conclude, Mr. President, Indonesia reaffirms its commitment to enhance international cooperation in field of human rights based on mutual respect and constructive approach.

I thank you.

Geneva, 3 March 2015

*) Delivered by Mr. Dicky Komar, Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.