STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA 23RD SESSION OF THE WORKING GROUP ON UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW CONSIDERATION OF THE UPR REPORT OF LEBANON *

November 2, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation thanks Lebanon for the presentation of their UPR report as well as their sustained engagement in the UPR process.

We also commends Lebanon’s efforts in continuously taking vigorous actions to implement the accepted recommendations from the previous UPR cycle, notwithstanding the political and security challenges in the country as well as in the region.

Mr. President,

We are of the view that National Human Rights Plan 2014-2019 is very crucial in providing a clear guidance for the Government of Lebanon in formulating a comprehensive and targeted policy with a view to enhance its capability in promoting and protecting human rights in the country. In this regard, we recommend the Government of Lebanon to continue its ongoing efforts in adopting various national human rights policies based on the said National Human Rights Plan, including by providing necessary budgetary requirements for the actual implementation of those policies.

We also take note that the Government has already initiated an internal discussion with a view to establish an independent national human rights institution. In this regard, we recommend the Government of Lebanon to redouble its efforts in finalizing the establishment of the independent national human rights institution in accordance with Paris Principles.

To conclude, my delegation would like to offer its best wishes to the Government and People of Lebanon, in their future endeavors towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

I thank you.

Geneva, 2 November 2015

* The statement was delivered by Mr. Caka A. Awal.