March 23, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
Mr. President,

My Delegation would like to associate itself with the statement made by Iran on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. My delegation also wishes to add some additional views.

Indonesia thanks the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for his seventh periodic report on the implementation of resolution S-9/1 and S-21/1. Indonesia also notes with appreciation the oral presentation of the Commission of Inquiry and the report of the Special Rapporteur to comprehensively address the human rights devastating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.


Mr. President,

Indonesia is continuously called for this agenda item general debate with a view to urgently address the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and other Occupied Arab Territories.

Various efforts by the international community, including by this Council, have yet shown the intended results. Grave violations and abuses of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and other Occupied Arab Territories are still continued.

The year 2014 has witnessed Israel’s inhumane aggression on Gaza. The aggression has deepened further the humanitarian crises in Gaza, which is already dire due to the Israeli blockade. The blockade, which has entered its eight consecutive year, is nothing more than a collective punishment imposed on the whole population of Gaza, and a clear violation of international law. It is clear that the military action launched by Israel was a grave breach of international law, including international humanitarian law.

Indonesia also deeply concerns with the continued massive human devastation and human rights violations in other Occupied Palestinian Territories.

In this regard, time and again, Indonesia urges the Government of Israel to fully and effectively respect the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Occupying Palestinian Territory and other Occupied Arab Territories. We would also remind the Government of Israel of its obligation to guarantee the population in the occupied territories to live as normal a life as possible.

We strongly believe that all serious violations of international humanitarian law must be investigated and that all those responsible should be brought to justice. In this regard, Indonesia supports the work of Commission of Inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and urges the Government of Israel to fully cooperate with the COI as well as the Special Rapporteur in fulfilling their mandates.

Finally, Indonesia reiterates its unwavering solid support and solidarity with the Palestinians. In this juncture, my delegation would like to inform the Council that the Government of Indonesia will host the Asia-Africa Summit next month in Jakarta and Bandung to commemorate the 60th Asia-Africa Bandung Conference. This Summit will discuss and adopt Outcome Documents, including the Declaration on Palestine. The declaration will reinstate the highest commitments and renew pledges of the states in Asia and Africa regions to fully support and assist the Government and the people of the Palestine.

I thank you.


Geneva, 23 March 2015

*) Delivered by Mr. Sulaiman Syarif, Deputy Director for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Directorate of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.