STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA PANEL DISCUSSION ON YOUTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS 33rd SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL *
My delegation would like to thank the panelists for their comprehensive presentation on the challenges, best practices and lessons learned, as well as opportunities for the empowerment of youth in the promotion and protection of human rights.
We view that the role of youth is significant in the promotion of peace, sustainable development and human rights, and therefore their growing participation in decision-making should further be encouraged.
In 2015, the number of Indonesians aged 16 to 30 years old reaches over 80 million or one third of the total population. This number is rapidly growing. Indonesia considers youth as the main element for the ongoing development in Indonesia, as mentioned in our 2015-2019 Development Plan. The plan includes programs for access to education, basic health services, youth participation in public and decision-making process, as well as in the promotion of human rights.
We also recognize the important role of youth in ensuring sustainable development and their role in overcoming the challenges of demographic dividend. National Law No. 40/2009 on Youth was enacted to further promote youth potentials and increase their contribution and participation to the overall national development. We have carried out Generation Planning Program which aims to halt early marriage and decrease early maternal mortality; 12-year compulsory education; remedial courses for drop-out students; and provide vocational trainings for youth.
Indonesia considers youth as agents of change in shaping paradigms and perspectives, as well as in overcoming challenges on human rights issues. Through the establishment of Centres for Human Rights Research in various universities across Indonesia, youth has contributed significantly in disseminating human rights values and education in their communities from the grass roots to the highest decision makers at the parliament and government levels. They also conduct human rights studies on data collection and existing challenges within their region.
Finally, I would like to ask the panelists views on the growing use of social media and technology among youth as an effective tool to incorporate human rights values and norms within their own society?
Geneva, 22 September 2016
*delivered by Ms. Ade Safira, Official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia