STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA 22ND SESSION OF THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW WORKING GROUP CONSIDERATION OF THE UPR REPORT OF LIBERIA *
My delegation warmly welcomes the delegation of Liberia led by H.E. Ms. Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Liberia and thank them for their comprehensive national report, highlighting both the achievements and the remaining challenges.
Indonesia commends various measures and policies taken by the Government of Liberia for the protection and promotion of human rights in the country, including the establishment of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the country’s standing invitation to the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.
Indonesia is pleased to note that Liberia has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2012, and also notes that the ratification of other international human rights instruments, are currently underway.
We commend the Government of Liberia in taking legislative measures for the protection and promotion of the rights of the child through the establishment of the Children’s Law (2011), the launch of the Five-Year National Action Plan in the Fight against the Trafficking of Human Beings (2014), and the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Therefore, Indonesia recommends the Government of Liberia to continue its efforts in this regard, by expediting the ratification process of the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
My delegation is also of the view that ratification of core instruments of human rights will strengthen human rights framework in Liberia. Furthermore, Indonesia recommends the Government of Liberia to continue its process towards the ratification of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW).
In conclusion, Indonesia wishes the People and the Government of Liberia all the very best in their ongoing and future endeavors in the promotion and protection of human rights in their country.
I thank you.
Geneva, 4 May 2015
*) Delivered by Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo, Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva