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

November 9, 2015 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

My delegation thanks the delegation of Austria, led by H.E. ……………….. for the presentation of their UPR report as well as their sustained engagement in the UPR process.

We note with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Austria in protecting human rights of all people in the country, in particular the implementation of the 4th National Action Plan on the Fights against Human Trafficking 2015 – 2017 and its continuous work with regard to juvenile justice system.

We note, however, that challenges remain, including the current situation of global migration. We encourage Austria to continue efforts to protect the rights of migrants in the country. In this regard, we recommend that Austria ratify the ICMW (International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families). We also recommend that Austria take further effective measures to ensure ethnic and religious harmony in the country.

On the human rights infrastructure, we note positively that the efforts made to expand the mandate of the Austrian Ombudsman Board. We recommend that Austria continue taking measures to ensure that the Austrian Ombudsman Board, as its National Human Rights Institution, to be fully in line with the Paris Principles.

We welcome the process to formulate a National Action Plan of Human Rights, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of 2015. We hope that the Plan will truly serve as the main reference for comprehensive human rights agenda in the country.

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

I thank you.

Geneva, 9 November 2015

* The statement was delivered by Mr. Acep Somantri