Statement by the Indonesian Delegation at the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council Agenda Item 3 Interactive Dialogue with Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict Geneva, 11 September 2012
September 13, 2012 Posted under Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
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Statement by the Indonesian Delegation
at the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council
Agenda Item 3
Interactive Dialogue with Special Representative of the Secretary General
for Children and Armed Conflict
Geneva, 11 September 2012
My delegation thanks Ms. Coomaraswamy, the outgoing Special Rapporteur, for her report, highlighting current progress and challenges on children and armed conflict agenda. My delegation commends the Special Representative for her untiring efforts to work closely with the Security Council and various human rights mechanisms, including treaty bodies, special procedures and UPR in advancing this pertinent cause.
We note with appreciation progress in various countries in the signing an implementation of an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children in the armed forces. The international community should continue its resource and expertise support to enable reintegration and other relevant programs to succeed.
My delegation shares the concern on the growing list of persistent perpetrators of grave violations against children and underlines the strategic role of concerned governments to enforce compliance with international obligations and to address factors that undermine efforts to combat impunity.
We note with interest the first judgment of the International Criminal Court on the war crime of recruitment and use of children and wish to ask the Special Representative on how this will be an effective system to deter perpetrators of violations against children?
In line with the recommendations in the report, the Indonesian government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict last July through the Law no. 9 of 2012. This signifies Indonesia’s strong commitment to the promotion and protection of the rights of Indonesian children including those in armed conflict. In this regard, we stand ready to hear Special Rapporteur’s suggestion on additional concrete actions that could be taken by the Indonesian Government, in its close collaboration with the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Child Protection, in harmonizing its national legislation.
In conclusion, my delegation wishes to underline the strategic importance of preventive measures both at the global, regional and national levels to enable progress in children and armed conflict agenda. These include poverty eradication, education for all, job creation and social security net for the poor.
I thank you.