Statement by the Indonesian Delegation at the 14th Session of the Human Rights Council, Panel on Trafficking in Persons, especially women, and children and the victims: “Giving Voice to the Victims and Survivors of Trafficking”
June 02, 2010
Posted under Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
Madame Deputy High Commissioner,
Let me first of all thank the panelists for having the courage to speak here at the Human Rights Council today.
It is our responsibility to ensure that the issue of trafficking is seriously addressed and measures are taken to clamp down on all those who perpetuate it. The panelists have also reinforced the importance of placing the well-being and human rights of the victims at the centre of all policy formulation and strategies aimed at combating trafficking.
We firmly believe that the lessons learnt from the implementation of States’ policies, combined with the testimonies we heard today, will help us get a better picture in improving our efforts in combatting trafficking in persons.
Indonesia is a source, but also a transit and destination country for human trafficking. Recognizing the seriousness of the problem, the Indonesian Government has enacted various anti-trafficking laws and regulations to help criminalize and eradicate it from society.
Law No 21 of the Eradication of Trafficking in Persons, passed in 2007, and the Presidential Regulation 69 on the Task Force for the Prevention and Handling of Trafficking in Persons are just two of the most recent examples.
Within the task force, prevention efforts are lead by the Ministry of National Education, while recovery is managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Health. Repatriation is conducted in collaboration with provincial and regency/municipality governments. Currently, 15 provinces and 242 or about half of 467 regencies and municipalities in Indonesia have conducted recording and reporting of human trafficking. The State Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection has launched a website that provides information about trafficking and trafficking cases. In January 2010, the Government issued Decree 1/2010 stipulating a Minimum Services Standard for female and child victims of violence at both the national and regional levels. Moreover, 305 Women and Children Units have been established in all over 33 provinces and 42 military hospitals.
More importantly, in terms of criminal prosecution, more progress has been achieved. National Police Criminal Investigation Body data shows that from a number of cases identified, turned over to the police, and actually prosecuted and resolved have been gradually increased. This will bring the issue to a higher degree of public scrutiny.
Human trafficking is a cross-border, trans-national issue, with no defined borders, so collaborative efforts on this issue are imperative Therefore, on a regional level, Indonesia has initiated and actively participated in the Bali Process, commenced in 2002 and co-chaired by the Government of Indonesia and Australia.
Despite these positive steps forward, we recognize that there still remains a lack of data regarding the actual implementation of the available legal frameworks. Capacity building for law enforcement agencies and related stakeholders is therefore now an urgent priority, as well as creating more national awareness about the issue.
To conclude, Mr. Chairman, let me reiterate that, by its very nature, human trafficking is a shadowy issue of the underworld and it is high time that the international spotlight was placed more intensely upon it. In this increasingly globalized and connected world, there is simply no excuse not to act.
Geneva, 2 June 2010