Statement by Delegation of Indonesia 3rd Session of the Open Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Rights of Peasants and People Living in Rural Areas Geneva *

May 17, 2016 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Madam Chair,
At the outset, let me congratulate you as a new Chairperson for this Working Group. We believe under your leadership, the deliberation of the Working Group would be productive and the discussion on the Draft UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas will move forward.
We would like to align ourselves with the statement made by Iran on behalf of Non Alignment Movement (NAM).
Madam Chair,
Indonesia is a country where agriculture and maritime support the lives of almost 200 millions of its population and therefore we has always and will continue to place great importance to the livelihood of farmers, fishermen and other people living in rural areas.
The realization of the rights of farmers is one of our national focuses. Towards that end, we have four main strategies, namely (1) developing agricultural institutions, (2) strengthening policies related to the protection of farmers, (3) allocating funds for farming areas, and (4) raising public awareness on the realization of the rights of farmers.
To ensure the realization of the rights of farmers and their welfare, the Government of Indonesia has implemented several programs, inter alia through (1) implementing Law No 6 Year 2014 on Village and Law No 19 Year 2013 on the Protection and Empowerment of Farmers; (2) Implementing Regulation of the Minister of Village, Disadvantages Regions and Transmigration No 21 Year 2015 in prioritizing funding for village to develop and empower people living in village; (3)  Utilizing funding for village to enhance agricultural infrastructure; (4) Establishing Village-Owned Enterprises; and (5) Enhancing capacity of farmers through dissemination and training programmes. The Government of Indonesia is also in the process of preparing Card for Farmers to help farmers receive financial credits facilities.
Madam Chair,
The Government of Indonesia welcomes the convening of the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, organized by the Indonesian Farmers Union and La Via Campesina in Jakarta on 26-29 April 2016. The Workshop highlighted the importance of the discussion of the draft Declaration to be inclusive and to engage all relevant stakeholders so they can contribute constructively to the discussion on the rights and obligations of the farmers and States.
With regard to the Draft Declaration before us, my delegation reiterates the importance of a clear definition of peasants and other people living in rural areas, as well as a comprehensive and balanced formulation of the rights of peasants and other people living in rural areas and the obligations of States. We also underline the significance of just and equal rights between peasants in developing and those in developed countries. My delegation would like to contribute to the discussion on these elements of draft Declaration.
In conclusion, we wish a successful third Session of the Open Ended Intergovernmental Working Group and a fruitful discussion on the Draft Declaration.
 
I thank you.

Geneva, 17 May 2016

*Delivered by Ms. Erlina Widyaningsih, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Indonesia