STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA DURING THE ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF WORKING GROUP ON THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OF SOLOMON ISLANDS*

June 24, 2016 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,
Indonesia acknowledges that the Government of Solomon Islands accepted 4 (four) recommendations by Indonesia to improve human rights situation in Solomon Islands.
We view that accepting recommendations should not be perceived as just expressing intentions bound by  certain conventions, but most importantly Solomon Islands should commit itself to implement their commitments. It means that focus, attention and resources should be directed to the efforts that makes the lives of its own people better.
We note with concern that Solomon Islands did not live up to its commitment made so far. Issues such as corruption in government institutions still become a daily occurrence.  The practice of trafficking in persons, and harsh corporal punishment towards children are still vividly evident in the country. Moreover, what we consider as a very serious condition that  needs urgent attention is the treatment of women in this country. We have a very serious concern on high rate of violence against women. In this country, women are not only unable to enjoy their rights, but also unfairly treated and less respected in the society. We strongly urge the Solomon Islands Government to pay serious attention on this and take a strong policy to ensure gender equality, including in changing the people behavior and mindset towards women.
It may be more beneficial for the government to give attention to their own serious domestic human rights shortcomings, rather than focusing on something else.
Finally, Indonesia stands ready to provide help and assistance to the Government of Solomon Islands in addressing those problems.

Thank you.

Geneva, 24 June 2016

*delivered by Ms. Mustika Hanum,  Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of Indonesia.