Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that Indonesia is a reliable partner for democracy, development, and social justice.

The minister made the remarks while delivering Indonesia's statement and launching Indonesia's candidacy for UNHRC membership for 2020-2022 at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, recently, the Foreign Ministry said in a press statement released on Wednesday.

In the statement, she noted that global human rights situation is currently facing huge challenges. Various conflicts and instability have raised the number of human rights violations.

Seasonal political interests in various parts of the world have reduced tolerance, respect, and inclusiveness in the public, which are the essential values of human rights.

To face the current global human rights situation, she remarked that all countries have no other choices but to contribute to the creation of better global human rights situation.

In this regard, Indonesia has decided to nominate for a UNHRC membership for 2020-2022 term. The UNHRC is expected to elect its members in November 2019.

"As one of the founding members of the UNHRC, Indonesia will actively contribute to promoting human rights, giving new spirit, synergy, and energy in promoting human rights," she added.

There is no country without human rights records. After all, this should not pose a hindrance to promote human rights, she explained.

For its part, Indonesia has come up with high commitment and several steps to step up the protection of human rights at a national level.

Reporting by Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Suharto

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