Statement of the Republic of Indonesia Delivered on General Debate of Item 7 Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories at the 36th Session of Human Rights Council

September 25, 2017 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,
Indonesia would like to align itself with the statements delivered by the NAM, the OIC, and Nicaragua on behalf of LMG group.
Indonesia acknowledges the importance of agenda item 7. We believe that the agenda item should be retained as it is a constant reminder for us all that real and grave human rights violations remain to exist in the Occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).
Agenda item 7 has never been intended to “name and shame” and we believe that as long as the Palestinian land is still called OPT then we as member states of the council shall continue to deliberate on the topic of agenda item 7 of the human rights council.
Mr. President,
We are deeply alarmed with the fact that illegal settlements continue to increase with new additional projected territories despite our consistent effort to end human right violations in the OPT.
In this regard, the culture of impunity and exceptionalism enjoyed by the perpetrators until today must be put to an effective end and we therefore ask the council to ascertain accountability for the perpetrators in line with the resolution which it had adopted.
Mr. President,
On a final note, while we wait for the publication by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the database of companies involved in illegal settlements, we encourage all member states to cease any forms of cooperation which may have the potential to prolong and aggravate the Palestinian people sufferings.
Thank you, Mr. President.

Geneva, 25 September 2017