Indonesia at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Indonesia is currently a member of the Human Rights Council, with its membership expiring in 2017.

Speaking at the conclusion of the high-level segment of the thirty-fourth session of the UNHRC, Ronald K Warsal, Minister of Justice and Community Development of Vanuatu delivered a statement wherein he relayed accounts of Indonesian oppression in West Papua, citing reports of extrajudicial executions of activists, arrests, beatings and fatal shootings of peaceful demonstrators, and persistent violence against Papuan women.  He called on the Council to request the High Commissioner to produce a consolidated report on the situation in West Papua. Indonesia, speaking in a right of reply, rejected the allegations concerning the situation in Papua, saying that they did not reflect the situation on the ground.  As a democracy based on the rule of law, Indonesia claimed that it always investigates allegations of human rights violations and delivered justice, and promoted the rights of its people in Papua.

At interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteurs on truth, justice, reparations; guarantees of non-recurrence; and the freedom of religion or belief, Indonesia stated that it was developing a law on the protection of religions, and was taking steps to investigate, prosecute and punish all instances of religious-based discrimination and violence.

During the High Commissioner’s presentation of his annual report, Indonesia declared that it had revised its Electronic Information Technology Law, which contained a clause that ensured that authorised officials would respect principles of privacy.  On the matter of illegal adoption and the sale of children, Indonesia commended the work of the Special Rapporteur and took note of her request for a country visit to Indonesia.

Indonesia also delivered a statement during the interactive dialogue on the rights of migrants, where it called on all member states to ratify the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. Indonesia went on to state that the rights of migrant workers should be considered in the overall discourse of migration, as they tend to be as vulnerable as asylum seekers and refugees.

At the Item 3 general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, Indonesia stated that the Council should avoid practices of naming and shaming, politicization and double standards, and should adhere to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.

Indonesia also delivered an explanation of its vote on the resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar, confirming that it would join consensus on the resolution and expressed legitimate concern about the situation in the Rakhine state. However, Indonesia also went on to state that the Government of Myanmar should be allowed the time and space to conclude its ongoing national processes.

Indonesia co-sponsored nineteen resolutions tabled at this session, and voted for 12 resolutions, voted against the resolution on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran and abstained on 2 resolutions on cooperation with Georgia and the Human Rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.