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Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Media Note - Indonesia - 23 May 2012 - UN Human Rights Council

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Media Note - Indonesia - 23 May 2012 - UN Human Rights Council

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UPR Media Briefing Note
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 (Morning)
For use of information media; not an official record 
State under review
Represented by 21-member delegation headed by Mr. Marty M.NATALEGAWA, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of IndonesiaDocuments To access national report, compilation of UN information, and summary ofstakeholders’ information, visitIndonesia page on UPR website Troika * Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, BotswanaOpening statementby State under review
Key points from opening statement
of State under review:
Indonesia has made considerable and important progress in the fieldof human rights since its last UPR in April 2008;
The State has continued to strengthen legislative frameworks in thefield of human rights and since 2008 a numbers of laws andregulations have been adopted to safeguard human rights, includingin the areas of freedom of expression and trafficking in persons,among others;
The Government has recently ratified the Convention on the Rights ofPersons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of MigrantWorkers; the State was also set to ratify the OP to the Convention onthe Rights of the Child and the Convention on forceddisappearances;
The State has also recently established a national action plan for human rights for the period 2011 to 2014 which provided a solidplatform at national and international level for the mainstreaming ifhuman rights; Moreover, Indonesia, as chair of ASEAN in 2011, playedan important role in advancing human rights in the region specificallyto promote dialogue among civilizations;
The State was cooperating with civil society and the media inadvancing human rights in the country and had extended invitationsto the Special Rapporteurs on the right to health, on adequatehousing and freedom of expression;
In 2008 Indonesia launched a democracy forum and has institutednational dialogue with the aim of advancing the human rightsagenda;
Indonesia also played a key role towards the establishment of theIndependent Permanent Human Rights Commission of theOrganisation of the Islamic Conference, which, among other things,promote religious tolerance.
full statement
onIndonesia page on UPR Extranet)Participants In total,
74 States participated
in the discussion: 27 HRC members and 47observers (Statements available onIndonesia page on UPR Extranet)Positiveachievements
Positive achievements
noted by delegations included, among others:
Efforts to establish the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human RightsCommission and the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights;
Measures taken to address religious intolerance in the country;
Advances made in the area of the right to education and, inparticular, human rights education in school curriculum;
Steps taken to advance to the right to health and to advance therights of persons with disabilities;
Initiatives taken in the empowerment of women and the protectionof children.Issues and Questions
Main issues and questions raised
by the Working Group:
Efforts taken to address religious intolerance in the country and toprotect the rights of religious minorities;
Efforts to ratify the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rightsof the Child and steps taken to address the challenges of streetchildren;
Steps taken to fight illegal logging and illicit trade in forest products;
Government accountability for abuses by the military and the policeand steps taken with regard to reports about the use of excessiveforce and torture by the security forces and widespread impunity;
The implementation of the 2001 special law to grant autonomy toWest Papua and the situation of human rights in Papua, in general.Recommendations In total, States participating in the discussion posed a series of
to Indonesia. These included, among others:
To strengthen efforts to ensure that any assaults against people fromreligious minorities were properly investigated and that thoseresponsible were brought to justice; to seek possible ways to speedup the adoption of the religious harmony bill currently under discussion; to institute training and awareness campaigns for provincial and municipal officials with regard to the freedom ofreligion;
To further promote human rights education and training at all levels;
To ensure that all cases of human rights violations are credibly andimpartially investigated and prosecuted in proportion with the crimescommitted;
To officially declare a moratorium on the death penalty;
To effectively take steps to prevent torture and the establishment of acomprehensive system of independent monitoring and inspection ofall places of detention; to continue to combat impunity; To ensureprompt, comprehensive and effective investigations into credibleallegations of human rights violations by members of the securityforces;
To raise the criminal age of responsibility to 16 and to guarantee theproper functioning of the juvenile justice system; to abolish allcorporal punishment;
To strengthen its capacity in addressing the issues of violence againstwomen; To take further measures to enhance the participation ofwomen in the legislature; To step up efforts to combat humantrafficking;
To provide adequate protection to human rights defenders and toadopt a law in that regard;
To grant access to the delegates of the ICRC to the Papua provinces;
To release prisoners detained solely for peaceful political activities;

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