STATEMENT BY THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA CLUSTERED INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AT THE 34TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL *
Our delegation would like to welcome the presentations by the SR on the Rights to Privacy and SR on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography takes note of their reports and recommendations on the issue of government surveillance activities from a national and international perspective, and on illegal adoptions and its preventive measures.
With regard to the report of Mr. Joseph Cannataci, we affirm that no one should be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful surveillance, interception of communication, and collection of personal data – even if in the case where such activities were conducted by the Government, these activities should be carefully regulated.
In relation to the rights of privacy, Indonesia has revised its Electronic Information Technology Law, which contains a clause that while conducting investigation related to IT and electronic transaction, authorized officials should respect the principles of privacy, secrecy, and integrity of data as well as the applicable law. Furthermore, Indonesia envisages to develop a national mechanism to protect the processing of large data, since the safeguards in the field of surveillance, especially privacy is a fundamental human right.
We commend the continuous work of Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio on illegal adoption and sale of children, and her suggestions on preventive solutions. We also take note of the SR’s request for a country visit to Indonesia.
As a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and two of its Optional Protocols, Indonesia has enacted various policies and programs on the promotion and protection of the rights of Indonesia’s 88 million children. Such commitment is reflected within our comprehensive national legal frameworks to promote the rights of children such as the National Strategy for the Elimination of Violence Against Children 2016 – 2020, Presidential Instruction on National Movement to Combat Sexual Violence Against Children, National Framework to Prevent Trafficking of Children, Anti-Trafficking Law, and National Action Plan on the Elimination of Trafficking in Person.
On the issue of trafficking in persons, the Government has also established a National Taskforce to comprehensively tackle trafficking starting from prevention, enforcement, and the rehabilitation of victims, which include children. Indonesia has also established more than 400 integrated service centres and 16 safety houses that serves as rehabilitation centres for women and children who are victims of trafficking, exploitation and abuse.
We recognize the transnational nature of trafficking in persons, especially on the illegal sale of children and would like to hear more from Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, on other best practices collected from her work regarding measures to increase community awareness on the prevention of illegal adoption/sale of children.
Geneva, 8 March 2017
*delivered by Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo, Third Secretary, Mission of Indonesia.