STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA AT AGENDA ITEM 7 GENERAL DEBATE AT THE 29TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

June 29, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My Delegation would like to associate itself with the statement delivered by Iran and Pakistan on behalf of the NAM and OIC respectively. My delegation also wishes to add some additional views.

We are concerned that various efforts by the international community, including by this Council, have yet to show the intended results to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and other Occupied Arab Territories.

Israel continues to commit the same grave systematic violations and abuses of human rights as well as international law as it has done for the past 60 years.

The establishment and expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory continues, along with the associated restrictions to movement of people and access to land.

Gaza Strip remains a tragic and empty husk, shelled-out last year, and suffers from the effects of the Israeli blockade.

 

Mr. President,

Our efforts should never cease. Indonesia reiterates its unwavering solid support and solidarity with the Palestinians. In a Summit to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference in Jakarta and Bandung in April 2015, the Government of Indonesia proposed the adoption of the Declaration on Palestine as one of three Outcome Documents. The adopted declaration reaffirmed the highest commitments and renews pledges of the Leaders in Asia and Africa regions to fully support and assist the Government and the people of the Palestine.

The leaders paid a special tribute to the resilience and steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the face of the illegal Israeli occupation, and reaffirmed their full support of the just struggle of the Palestinian people to regain their inalienable right to self- determination, including the realization of the sovereignty and independence of their State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The declaration also strongly deplored the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip in July – August 2014, which caused the tragic loss of Palestinian lives, the majority being civilians, including hundreds of children and women; massive destruction of homes and vital civilian infrastructure; widespread trauma to the civilian population; and the dramatic deterioration of socio-economic and humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip. Reconstructing Gaza to alleviate the humanitarian disaster and support is urgently needed for its economic recovery and reconstruction.

The declaration of the Asia-Africa Conference concluded by calling for continued efforts to support and assist the Palestinian people in the realization of their right to self-determination, independence and freedom without delay.

To conclude, let me reiterate the belief of this delegation, that only a return to the peace process, and demonstration of goodwill and seriousness by Israel, including its full cooperation with the COI and the Special Rapporteur.

I thank you.

GENEVA, 29 JUNE 2015

Delivered by Mr. Caka A. Awal.