STATEMENT BY MS. MIA PADMASARI, DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA, AT THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH SRSG ON VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

July 7, 2020 Topics, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

44th SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 2 JULY 2020

Madam President,

Indonesia welcome the report of the Special Representative.

We appreciate her visit to Indonesia early this year where during this visit, Madame Special Representative had direct interaction with relevant representatives of the Government, children and civil society, and discussed Indonesia’s commitment and program to end violence against children.

As one of the Pathfinder members of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, Indonesia is steadfast in our efforts to create policies and programs to work towards the success of SDGs 16.2. As stated by the High Commissioner, without rapid and decisive national and international action, the pandemic will put an end to hopes of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Indonesia continues to implement programs to prevent and respond to violence against children, among others, by identifying risks and factors at the digital front by advancing the digital literacy program to empower family.

Madame President,

The COVID-19 pandemic which have impacted parents’ employment, schools closure, education and social activities, could lead to physical and mental health problems, including domestic violence, anxiety and depression. To this end, the Ministry on Women Empowerment and Child Protection have issued guidelines on the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, which include particular childcare for vulnerable children with disabilities and chronic diseases, victims of violence as well as creating helpline services for women and children.

At the juncture, I would like to seek SRSG’s opinion on how can the Council further utilize your mandate in assisting state capacity to continue providing protection for children against violence.

I thank you.