Hong Kong/Geneva/Jakarta 23 May 2012) Today, the Indonesia's human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland. Key issues, such as the protection of freedom of religion or the human rights situation in Papua, were raised by many UN Member States participating in the review.
"The responses by the government of Indonesia to the issues and human rights violations discussed during the review were deeply disappointing, as they often contained only denials and showed a lack of respect for victims and their rights," noted Wong Kai Shing, Executive Director of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
The AHRC and its sister-organisation the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) submitted reports to the review process, and made recommendations concerning a number of key human rights issues, including: the urgent need for the criminalisation of torture; institutional reforms needed to combat impunity, including to the military court system; religious discrimination and violence; and the human rights situation in the Papuan provinces, notably violations committed by with impunity by the Indonesian security forces.
INDONESIA: Government's denial at UN UPR very disappointing — Asian Human Rights Commission