STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA*) AT THE AGENDA ITEM 3, THE 28TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHT COUNCIL – INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT AND SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

March 9, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation thanks the two Special Rapporteurs for their reports.

We note the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on torture concerning children deprived of their liberty from the perspective of the prohibition of torture.

We share the view that higher standards and safeguards are required to prevent children deprived of their liberty from torture.

We note that alternatives to detention must be given priority.

In this regard, we would like to ask: in what ways and how far the restorative justice principles, with the principles of diversion and alternative sentencing, can play in preventing torture for children deprived of their liberty?

We also take note with interest paragraphs 66 and 67 of the report pertaining to migrant children. We would like to ask: what is the SR plan to follow up this issue?

On the general terms of torture prevention, Indonesia as one of the main sponsors of Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) is committed to furthering the universal ratification of UNCAT, followed by its implementation.

 

Mr. President,

We note the work-plan of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

In this regard, we reiterate the importance of constructive dialogue and cooperation based on mutual respect and understanding. For cooperation to be effective, it should also be in full conformity with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, the Code of Conduct of the Special Procedures, and the need to avoid naming and shaming as well as finger-pointing.

For Indonesia, ‘individuals, groups and association contributing to the effective elimination of all violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of peoples and individuals’ are equally protected under our law. They enjoy ample freedom to conduct activities, and sufficient space is provided. The Government of Indonesia also promotes partnership with many civil society organizations, including in the field of human rights.

I thank you.

 

Geneva, 9 March 2015

*) Delivered by Mr. Caka A. Awal, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva