June 16, 2015

INTERVENTION BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA – INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS, ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT THE 29TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL


Mr. President,

My delegation would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, for her first report to the Council.

We take note with interest many aspects contained in the report, in particular vision of the mandate and the working methods that will be taken in accordance with her mandate.

We concur with Special Rapporteur’s view that trafficking in persons cannot be examined in isolation from the broader socio-economic realities that drive it. We believe that underlying factors that cause and/or contribute to trafficking in persons, in particular poverty and inequality, should be addressed in parallel with our concerted efforts in combating trafficking in persons. These particular linkages of poverty and inequality vis-à-vis the uprising cases of trafficking in persons should be specifically elaborated, in particular since we are now entering the last phase of the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals that hopefully will be based on a people-centered approach.

Moreover, we believe that no country of region is spared the crime of trafficking in persons. It is very crucial for all Member States to continue working together at regional and international levels in order to complement their own existing national efforts in addressing the challenges. We welcome the fact that the current report has identified various regional and sub-regional anti-trafficking mechanisms that are at the interface of international action and local realities, including the Bali Process on People smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, co-chaired by Indonesia and Australia.

In this regard, it is our hope that the Special Rapporteur will continue focusing her activities in analyzing laws, policies and practices around the world and taking stock of promising practices and lessons learned to be shared by all Member States as well as other stakeholders.

Finally, we would like to support the intention of the Special Rapporteur in giving adequate focus on “prevention aspects” connected to the linkage between mixed migration flows and trafficking, in particular with the aim of preventing trafficking by ensuring full respect of migrant’s rights, in line with the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Thank you, Mr. President.

GENEVA, 16 JUNE 2015

* Delivered by Ms. Grata Endah Werdaningtyas

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