STATEMENT BY MS. MEUTIA HASAN, DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA, AT THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON THE REPORT OF THE SRSG FOR CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT

July 7, 2020 Topics, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

44th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 2 JULY 2020

Madame President,

I wish to thank the SRSG for her presentation.

The recruitment and use of children by parties to conflict; the killing and maiming of children; and sexual violence against conflict-affected children, remains to be issues of great concern for us.

We therefore cannot and will not turn a blind eye to the need of protecting children in armed-conflict situations, especially as they become exponentially more vulnerable amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Most importantly: the root causes of such crimes must be addressed.

In this connection, my delegation is of the view that the Council can do more to contribute in tackling violations against children in armed conflict. This can be done by further integrating child protection into peace processes, and by encouraging multi-stakeholder partnerships and capacity-building to support rehabilitation and reintegration programs for children involved in armed conflict.

At this juncture, my delegation would like to seek the views of the SRSG on how we collectively can do more to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers, particularly in the efforts to trace and disrupt sources of funding used by armed group to finance the recruitment of child soldiers.

Indonesia looks forward to cooperating with all stakeholders to ensure better protection for children in armed conflicts.

I thank you.