RI not human rights violator

RI not human rights violator

VP Boediono. (ANTARA)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Embracing democracy and practicing transparency, Indonesia is not a human rights violator, Vice President Boediono said.

"Human rights violation can committed by a state but thanks God Indonesia is not such a country," the vice president said when opening the 3rd Coordination Meeting of National Action Plans for Human Rights for 2011-2014 at his office here on Wednesday attended by Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono and Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar.

According to the vice president, the governments will punish people only for obvious reasons.

That is why he said that Indonesia had been chosen by the International community as one of the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

"We should be proud that at this time Indonesia becomes a model in which human rights are practiced well enough. And it is marked with the selection of Indonesia as a member of UN Human Rights Council," Boediono said.

Indonesia has been elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 period.

The election which made Indonesia a member of the council for the third time was held on May 20, 2011 in New York with representatives from 188 out of the192 UN member countries.

The meeting was asked to elect 15 members of the UN Rights Council and, among a number of candidates, Indonesia won the highest number of votes, namely 184.

The other 14 countries elected to the council were Italy, Austria, Chile, Romania, Georgia, Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua, Congo, Botswana, Benin, Burkina Faso, India and Kuwait.

In the light of this, Boediono said Indonesia should play a role to avoid deprivation of rights by other persons or citizens.

"All along it has been our commitment that Indonesia is based on a joint agreement from various ethnic groups, religions, and races to sit together to find a way to reach our common goal," the vice president said.