Indonesia is Re-Elected as UN Human Rights Council Member

By Alfurkon Setiawan
Date 27 Oktober 2014
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Indonesia is Re-Elected as UN Human Rights Council Member

Indonesia was re-elected as the member of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. In the election which was conducted by voting in the UN General Assembly, Indonesia was re-elected to represent Asia-Pacific region for the period of 2015-2017 together with Bangladesh, India and Qatar.

Indonesian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Desra Percaya, said in his written statement that in the same election, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, Ghana, and Nigeria were elected to represent African region, while Albania and Latvia were elected to represent Eastern Europe.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Portugal, according to Desra, were elected to represent Western Europe, and El Salvador, Bolivia, and Paraguay were elected to represent Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Indonesia’s re-election as the UN Human Rights Council member was a special gift for us in the second day of President Joko Widodo’s government,” Desra said after the election of the UN Human Rights Council members in New York, the USA, on Tuesday evening (21/10) west Indonesia time.

According to Desra Percaya, Indonesia’s re-election as the UN Human Rights Council member proves clearly that international communities believe in Indonesia’s efforts to promote and protect human rights as well as Indonesia’s democratic consolidation which is growing stronger. This re-election also represents support for Indonesia’s new government.

Indonesia has been a member of the UN Human Rights Council based in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2006. Indonesia is also one of the council’s first members. This time is the fourth time Indonesia is elected as the council’s member, for the period of 2015-2017.

“In the future, we will face challenges to continually promote and protect human rights at the national level, and also to contribute to the joint efforts in the regional and international levels,” Desra stated.

The UN Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN that has duties to strengthen efforts to promote and protect human rights throughout the world. Comprising 47 member countries, the UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission which was considered to be too much politicized with human rights issues.

The UN Human Rights Council employs various mechanisms to protect human rights, one of which is the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) which aims to review the situation of human rights in all member countries of the UN without exception. (ES)

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