STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA 22ND SESSION OF THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW WORKING GROUP CONSIDERATION OF THE NATIONAL REPORT OF MALAWI

May 5, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation warmly welcomes the delegation of Malawi led by H.E. Mr. Samuel Tembenu, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, and thank them for their comprehensive national report.

Indonesia commends the commitment of the Government of Malawi in advancing the rights of its people through cooperation among institutions and undertaking legal reforms to harmonize international conventions into national legislations, including the Gender Equality Act, Child Care Protection and Justice Act, and the Disability Act. Furthermore, Indonesia takes note of the efforts in drafting a National Human Rights Action Plan in Malawi.

 

Mr. President,

My delegation views that future National Human Rights Action Plan would strengthen the Government of Malawi’s efforts in the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights. Therefore, Indonesia recommends that the Government of Malawi accelerates the implementation of its National Human Rights Action Plan, and continues strengthening the human rights institutional frameworks.

Indonesia is also pleased to note that the Government of Malawi is taking various legislative measures, among others, the drafting of the Trafficking in Person Bill, the Amendment of the Immigration Bill and the Amendment of the Employment Bill.  In addition, Indonesia recommends the Government of Malawi to strengthen its legal framework by considering to sign and ratify 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 Malawi 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, 5 May 2015