Statement by H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Indonesia at the 14th Session of the Human Rights Council - Item 3: Reports of the IE in the field of cultural rights and SR on the human rights of migrants
June 01, 2010 Posted under Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
On behalf of my delegation, I would firstly like to thank Ms Farida Shaheed, the Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights, and Mr Jorge Bustamante, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, for their informative reports.
Their research, observations and recommendations have provided us with an excellent insight and starting point for our debates on the promotion and protection of cultural rights and the human rights of migrants.
Indonesia commends the work of the Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights for drawing attention to the close linkage between cultural rights and the broader sector of human rights, as well as the need to promote and protect cultural rights at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Issues relating to the safeguarding of cultural rights have historically been somewhat sidelined by other matters on the human rights agenda. In our in increasingly globalized world, this perception needs to be changed and cultural rights should take their rightful place amongst the core human rights issues of our age.
As a diverse and multi-ethnic nation, Indonesia takes great pride in its rich cultural heritage. The promotion, protection and preservation of our national cultural identity is a key subject within Indonesia's educational system and great efforts are being made to ensure future generations appreciate and value their unique and rich heritage.
In the same vein, Indonesia fully recognizes the importance of promoting, protecting and preserving the unique cultural rights of all throughout the world and we commend the Independent Expert for advocating this notion to all member states.
Indonesia lends it full support to the Independent Expert’s call for States to respect, protect and fulfil the cultural rights of all persons, without discrimination based on their particular identity. We also concur with the findings of the independent expert that globalization can have a detrimental effect on cultural diversity and that certain societies or communities are more vulnerable to these effects than others. More should be done to address these concerns within the framework of human rights.
Finally, Indonesia notes the Independent Expert’s reference to the potential of non-State actors and civil society in advancing the protection of cultural rights. We would also be interested to learn more about the Independent Expert’s approach to the protection of sensitive or controversial cultural practices which may in fact undermine the human rights of individuals.
Allow me now to turn to the report by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. We note with interest that the two areas of migrant’s right to health and to adequate housing were chosen as the key themes for his investigation.
In our increasingly globalized world, migration is steadily becoming a pressing issue for most countries, be it the country of origin, transit or destination for the millions for migrants who take flight each year.
As a labour-surplus nation, Indonesia has seen a dramatic rise in the levels of migration by our largely unskilled workers, particularly across Asia and the Middle East, and we therefore have a deep interest in ensuring that our citizens and other migrants in their position have the right to adequate health and housing in their host countries.
We also fully endorse the call by the Special Rapporteur for States to ensure migrant women workers and migrant children have equal protection under the law and access to basic services. As we know, migrant women and girls are often more vulnerable in the sense that they can be exposed to specific health risks.
However, we also recognize challenges faced on the ground and even though states are obligated under international human rights law to provide essential primary health care for migrants, limited budgets and other domestic considerations may hinder provisions and progress in this area.
We also note the recommendation for States to provide free information and language training for migrants and we encourage States to do so. Finally, we fully support the Special Rapporteur’s recommendation that States should fulfil the “minimum core obligation” to ensure the realization of essential primary health and housing rights of all, including the migrants, within their jurisdiction. In this instance, we also encourage countries to become party to the Convention on the Protection of Migrants and Members of Their Families.
Thank you, Mr. President.