June 22, 2015
INTERVENTION BY THE DELEGATION OF INDONESIA – INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTREME POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS WHILE COUNTERING TERRORISM
My delegation would like to thank Mr. Philip Alston for his first report to the Council as the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. We in particular welcome the fact that the report gives adequate attention to the issue of widening economic and social inequalities around the world as well as analysis of international community’s response to the challenges.
We share the SR’s view that perfect economic equality is not achievable and there is no reason to object to a certain degree of economic inequality if it reflects differences in efforts and talents. At the same time, we also strongly believe that every human being is entitled to equal opportunity. We find it interesting that the report mentioned that the existing of a democracy and the right to participate in the political process do not guarantee equal opportunity and more equal outcomes.
We are of the view that economic inequalities not only impair civil and political rights but also negatively affect the economic, social and cultural rights. Therefore, we support SR’s conclusion that a serious commitment to tackle extreme inequality is only possible in the context of policies and programmes that take the concept of economic, social and cultural rights seriously and give them prominence and priority equal to that of civil and political rights.
In this regard, we would like to ask the Special Rapporteur the following question: How to improve the international cooperation aspects in addressing the issue of extreme economic inequality among countries, in particular since some of the most prominent element In advancing this issue, such as the right to development, is still being poorly addressed by the UN System including by the Human Rights Council.
We thank Mr. Ben Emmerson for his latest report as the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights while countering terrorism, focusing on the latest challenges posed by the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
As we have already repeatedly conveyed during several other meetings, we strongly condemns the terrorist acts of the so-called ISIL and its violent extremist ideology. We condemn the widespread violations and abuses of human rights as well as humanitarian law committed by ISIL and associated groups.
In this regard, we would like to convey our continued support to the international community’s concerted efforts in confronting ISIL. We also would like to underline that such efforts should always be conducted in line with the human rights law and principles in particular and all UN Principles in general.
We need a comprehensive approach based on mutual respect and understanding.
I thank you.
* Delivered by Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo
Geneva, 22 June 2015