Statement by Indonesia Delegation High-Level Panel Discussion on the 10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Council at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council

June 13, 2016 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,
First of all, my delegation would like to welcome and thank the distinguished panelists for their thoughtful and comprehensive presentations.
Mr. President,
My delegation aligns itself with the joint statements delivered by ASEAN, OIC and LMG respectively and also would like to deliver some additional views.
Ten years ago, Member States decided to create a new mechanism to better protect and promote human rights. Today, the 10th anniversary provides us an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm our commitment to our work, synergy and determination to make progress on all human rights’ promotion, protection, realization and fulfillment.
Mr. President,
Indonesia reaffirms its strong belief that human rights are universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually reinforcing, and that they must be treated in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with the same emphasis. This anniversary also provides an important impetus to reinvigorate those spirits.
The promotion of constructive dialogue and cooperation is an essential mean to protect and promote human rights without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner, and therefore should remain at the heart of the work of the Council.
Mr. President,
Adequate attention and resources should also be devoted to economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. We therefore emphasize the need for the right to development to be mainstreamed in United Nations programs and activities.
Finally, we would welcome the views of the panelists on the following two questions:  first, what efforts can be done to promote dialogue and cooperation and leaving behind the double standard policies, selectivity and politization at the Human Rights Council and second, in what ways the engagement and consultation of the Human Rights Council with States and other stakeholders could be enhanced in order to better fulfill its mandate?
I thank you.

Geneva, 13 June 2016