UPR round at the UN Human Rights Council ends with disappointment

FBN - On September, 20 th the second UPR round at the UN Human Rights Council reviewing the situation in Indonesia ended with disappointment. After the first UPR review in 2008 was limited to the situation in the country, the council now also reviewed the implementation of recommendations of the first round and ended with a new list of 180 recommendations.

30 of the 180 recommendations were refused by the Indonesian government.
While agreement was given to further trainings in the security forces and access of the International Committee of the Red Cross to Papua was announced to be given soon, Indonesia rejected many more important recommendations regarding Papua.

For alleged safety reasons, Indonesia was not able to support the recommendation of France to allow access for foreign journalists to Papua. The recommendation of Norway to protect the rights of indigenous peoples was rejected by Indonesia with reference to its demographic composition. Because of that composition Indonesia would not be able to accept the concept of indigenous peoples rights as defined in the UN Norms.

Indonesia’s reaction to the recommendation to invite UN Special Procedures into the country was reserved.

The government representatives also claimed that a generally open climate and freedom of the press is given in the country and that protection of human right defenders is sufficiently provided due to this.

Japan had recommended to halt violations by police and military and to end impunity in Papua. Indonesia responded that this call by denying the problem of impunity.

The final outcome report of the UPR process was commented by governments and NGOs.
Human rights organisations expressed their regret about the disappointing conclusion.

The two final UPR report documents can be downloaded here and here