STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF INDONESIA, MR. DICKY KOMAR, BEFORE GENERAL SEGMENT HIGH-LEVEL SESSION AT THE 28TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

March 5, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

At the outset, let me reaffirm our government’s support to the Council and its works.

The re-election of Indonesia to the Council for the third time in 2014 reflects not only our solid commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights but also the trust in which members of the United Nation place on our country.

As the home of over 245 million people with diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, Indonesia has no choice but to promote tolerance and respect of human rights. It is by default a national priority. It   has progressed significantly since 1998 when we embarked upon reformasi.

With the recent peaceful transition of administration, political, economic and social stability, and a robust civil society as well as free media, we can say that democracy and human rights bring real dividends to the country.

 

Mr. President,

Now, let me briefly touch upon policy of the current administration, known as Nawacita (Nine Priorities) which reflects a strong pro-people approach. With regard to human rights, while recognising the interrelatedness, indivisibility of human rights, special attention is given to four themes, namely protection of Indonesian migrant worker, addressing of past human rights issues, the rights of people to own property including lands, and the continued promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups including women,children and person with disability.

The government will also put more emphasis on strengthening rule of law and upholding its political and judicial sovereignty. We will also further strengthen efforts to fulfil the economic, social and cultural rights through consistently implementing our development programs.

 

Mr. President,

Let me now share our latest efforts.  

  • The Government is revising, and soon will submit to parliament, a revised bill on on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 
  • Bill to ratify the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Dissapearance has been submitted to the parliament.
  • The fourth generation of National Action Plan on Human Rights 2015 – 2019 is currently in its final phase.
  • We actively promote the need for the formulation of a legally binding instrument as part of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.
  • We have enacted regulation on protection of the rights of domestic workers, and in the process of ratifying the 189 ILO Convention on domestic workers.

 

Mr. President,

Indonesia supports the Universal Periodic Review, as a peer review mechanism which is based on constructive approach. Dialogue within the framework must be based on equal-footing, avoiding politicization and selectivity as well as finger pointing.

We are of the view that the Special Procedures continues working based on mutual respect and partnership with member states and relevant stakeholders. They should uphold the highest standards of professionalism in the implementation of their mandates by fully complying with the Code of Conduct and working in an objective, independent, and non-politicized manner.  

Indonesia, together with other countries in the core group, will maintain its active involvements in the efforts to promoting country-led initiatives such as the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI).

To conclude, Mr. President, Indonesia stands ready to continue our constructive and productive engagement with relevant human rights mechanism in pursuing our common objectives.

I thank you.

Geneva, 5 March 2015