STATEMENT OF THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA SPECIAL SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN, GENEVA, 24 AUGUST 2021
Thank you Madame President,1. We are all following closely the situation in Afghanistan in the past week with deep concern.
2. Indeed, no nation-building process is perfect and smooth.
3. In this regard, we would like to reiterate our support and solidarity with the Afghan men, women, and children, by underlying the following:
4. First, we urge all parties to refrain from hostilities and to end the violence
-> The rights of the Afghan people, especially women and girls, to live in peace, security, and dignity must be guaranteed.
-> The safety and security of all citizens and international missions must be assured.
5. Second, we reiterate that the future development of Afghanistan must ensure the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women.
-> There can be no real peace and stability in Afghanistan without the involvement of women.
-> Steps toward immediate stability and reconciliation must preserve the tremendous gains that Afghan women and girls have made in the past.
6. Third, Indonesia calls on the present authority to continue to allow humanitarian access.
-> We call upon the international community to scale up humanitarian assistance
-> As we prepare for the rising influx of displaced persons from Afghanistan, the international community, particularly parties to the Refugee Convention must fulfill their commitments to prevent further humanitarian crisis.
7. We must continue to support an inclusive national reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
8. The progress which has taken place in Afghanistan over the past few decades, especially with regard to respect for the rights of women, girls, and minorities, should be maintained and further strengthened.
9. Indonesia continues to maintain communication with all parties in Afghanistan and is ready to support nation-building efforts that respect human rights.
10. We ask the Council to work closely with the Office of the High Commissioner to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations, including by:
-> Supporting a peaceful political settlement that ensures a national reconciliation process that is inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.
-> Offering assistance tailored to Afghanistan’s needs, including enhancing the Council’s commitment to provide assistance and capacity-building.
11. Once again, Indonesia remains committed to the peace process in Afghanistan, where everyone –women and men – has inherent dignity and equality.