INTERVENTION BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA AT AGENDA ITEM 3 AT THE 32nd SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MIGRANTS AND SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON POVERTY*

June 14, 2016 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. Vice President,
My delegation would like to thank and take note of the report of the Special Rapporteur on the impact of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements on the human rights of migrants. Allow me to elaborate efforts taken by the Indonesian Government which is in line with your recommendations.
As one of the 20 largest economies in the world with an open and competitive economy, Indonesia strengthens and intensifies its bilateral and regional economic cooperation with bilateral as well as regional partners.
While economic cooperation brings advantages to Indonesian economy, we are aware that without proper regulation, it may affect or even compromise labour rights, especially low-waged migrant workers. We have incorporated clause regarding effective enforcement of domestic labor law in some of our Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations that we are currently undergoing.
Mr. Vice President,
For Indonesia the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers is one of our top priorities, as it is estimated that 4,5 million of Indonesians working as migrant workers overseas.
Indonesia has ratified the ICMW in 2012 to promote global protection framework for migrant workers. However, it is a sad fact that so far, this important human rights instruments has only being ratified by 48 countries, mostly countries of origin. Therefore, Indonesia urged all countries, particularly those of destination country, to ratify this Convention in order to strengthen commitment and obligation of all countries to protect migrant workers.
At the bilateral level, Indonesia has concluded 38 MOUs with countries of destination. While, at the regional level, Indonesia also plays an active role in creating regional legal framework for the protection of migrant workers through the adoption of a legally binding instrument in ASEAN.
With regard to the report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Indonesia echoes the view that economic and social rights shall be treated as human rights and a legal framework in place is necessary in order to ensure the fulfillment of those rights.
Social justice for all Indonesian citizens is mandated by our constitution and we have done various measures to carry this out, among others, through the establishment of the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction based on Presidential Decree Number 15 of 2010 on the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction.
The key programs for targeted poverty alleviation programs are included in social protection program such as: Family Hope Program, Public Health Coverage Programme, Subsidized Rice for Low-Income Households, School Operational Assistance Program and National Program for Community Empowerment. Indonesia also established Productive Family Program through the Family Welfare Deposit program Smart Indonesia program and Healthy Indonesia program to create productive families and to improve welfare levels among the disadvantaged.
Mr. Vice President,
Our commitment for economic and social rights is embodied in our keen support for both MDGs and SDGs which actually contains the whole set of human rights. Indonesia would like to reaffirm its view that economic and social rights shall be pursued hand in hand with the fulfillment of civil and political rights. We cannot take one set and leave the other set in the background.
I thank you.

Geneva, 14 June 2016

*delivered by Mr. Sulaiman Syarif