Minister Marsudi to attend universal periodic review in Geneva

Minister Marsudi to attend universal periodic review in Geneva

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi. (ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf)

It also shows the openness of the government toward the situation of human rights in Indonesia."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi will head the Indonesian delegation to attend the Cycle 3 of the United Nations-sponsored Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on May 3, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Minister Marsudi will depart to Geneva for the UPR after attending the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arrmanatha Nasir said during a press briefing here on Tuesday.

Minister Marsudi will be in Geneva 1-3 May 1-3 before leaving for the US to have a bilateral meeting with the US Foreign Minister.

"Indonesia will deliver the national report under the mechanism of the third UPR cycle of the UNs Human Rights Council," Dicky Komar, Director of Directorate of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said previously on Friday.

The Universal Periodic Review is a process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states.

Indonesia and 13 other countries are scheduled to deliver their report under the UPR mechanism next month in Geneva.

Indonesia will bring not only reports from the government but also from civil society organizations, Human Rights Commission and UN agencies based in Indonesia, Komar stated.

Such shadow reports, which highlight issues not raised by the government, are important to support the effort in providing complete or comprehensive information, Komar noted.

The Indonesian delegation to Geneva will be led by Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Yasonna Laoly, Minister of Law and Human Rights.

During the second UPR cycle in 2012, Indonesia accepted 150 recommendations on which the report focuses. Several themes to be addressed by Indonesia, among others, are the ratification of the International Human Rights Convention, womens rights, discriminatory laws or regulations, violence on women and children, juvenile justice, migrant workers, freedom of speech, religion, press, and freedom to assemble, and the rights of disabled persons.

Arrmanatha Nasir stressed that Indonesias participation in the Universal Periodic Review shows the commitment of the government toward the protection and the development of human rights in Indonesia.

"It also shows the openness of the government toward the situation of human rights in Indonesia," Nasir asserted.
(Uu.A059/KR-BSR/O001)

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