STATEMENT BY MR. BONANZA P. TAIHITU, DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA, AT THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON THE ANNUAL REPORT BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

July 7, 2020 Topics, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

44TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 1 JULY 2020

Madame President,

We thank the High Commissioner for her annual report.

We support initiatives that aim at strengthening the work of the United Nations in advancing the pillar of prevention. We believe that in the framework of the UN’s human rights mechanisms, the prevention pillar must also be strengthened in guiding our Council’s collective actions.

In these extraordinary times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that the Council could recognize the significant role of frontline and health workers, as human rights defenders.

Collectively, more needs to be done to guarantee the protection of their rights, especially their right to work with adequate protective equipment, and to be protected from harassment and assault. 

Madame President,

We also are of the view that government efforts to pushback against the spread of harmful misinformation related to COVID-19, must be supported, instead of criticized. The OHCHR and special procedures, therefore, need not only to recognize the importance of these efforts, but also need to contribute in supporting such efforts.

We take note of the High Commissioner’s Office refinement on risk analysis, early warning and information management capacity. In the future, we wish to see these efforts incorporate the contextual information on the ground and government efforts in advancing human rights, within their respective challenges, including in tackling harmful misinformation during this pandemic.

Indeed, as stipulated in the UNGA resolution 60/251, double standards and politization of human rights should be eliminated.

Last but not least, we call upon the OHCHR and all States to also support efforts to guarantee timely and equitable access, as well as affordable and fair distribution of essential vaccines, medicines, and health technologies. These are crucial factors for all States to fulfill the right to health and phase out the COVID-19 crisis.

I thank you.