Statement by the Republic of Indonesia At the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues 49th Session of the Human Rights Council, 22 March, 2022

March 22, 2022 Topics, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

President,

1. The prevention of conflicts involving minorities necessitates the respect for minority rights, particularly by:
-> Ensuring equality in access to economic and social opportunities;
-> Effective and meaningful participation of minorities in decision-making; and
-> Ensuring the effective implementation of regulatory frameworks aimed at nurturing diversity.

2. Indonesia’s national motto, “Bhinneka Tungal Ika” – Unity in Diversity, reflects these fundamental objectives in our nation-building process.

3. This motto, as also enshrined in our Constitution, guarantees the protection of the basic rights of all Indonesians, regardless of their ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds.

4. Indonesia firmly believes that ensuring equity is central in nurturing peaceful, tolerant, and democratic societies.

5. To ensure the realization of these rights, especially the rights of minorities in our deeply pluralistic society, Indonesia has taken a proactive approach in both the drafting and implementation of affirmative action legislation and policies:
-> To ensure equal meaningful participation of minorities and vulnerable groups in political and economic life; and
-> To implement proactive and tangible measures to reduce development and economic gaps across our vast archipelago.

Mr. Special Rapporteur,

6. Your report also notes the rise of hate speech, xenophobia, and racism as powerful factors contributing to violent conflicts involving minorities.

7. As online platforms have increasingly become accessible to all persons, what tangible methods or measures, in your experience, have been most effective in curbing the spread of hate speech and disinformation?

I thank you.