Jakarta, The Indonesia Post – Indonesia was re-elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the sixth time in elections conducted by the UN General Assembly in New York, United States, Tuesday.
Indonesia was elected as a member of the Human Rights Council for the 2024–2026 period representing Asia-Pacific after receiving the highest number of votes, namely 186 out of a total of 192 votes, said the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said this number of votes was the highest that Indonesia had ever obtained in the history of its nomination to the Human Rights Council.
Indonesia previously sat on the UN Human Rights Council in 2006–2007, 2007–2010, 2011–2014, 2015–2017, 2020–2022.
“This is a form of trust given to Indonesia to continue to be able to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights,” said Retno in a press briefing broadcast on the YouTube account of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The theme of Indonesia’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council is Inclusive Partnership for Humanity.
Retno said inclusive partnerships were very necessary for humanity and advancing human rights protection.
She mentioned three priorities for Indonesia in carrying out membership in the Human Rights Council.
First, increasing the capacity of countries to promote and protect human rights, especially through increasing technical cooperation and capacity building.
Domestically, Indonesia will encourage strengthening the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (RANHAM), including the promotion of important issues, such as gender equality, protection of children’s and women’s rights, as well as the right to health and development.
Second, encourage intensive dialogue between countries and groups in the region. Cooperation with regional and global bodies will also be strengthened.
Third, encourage the implementation of the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and encourage the strengthening of multilateralism with the principles of solidarity, inclusiveness and equality.
“Indonesia consistently does not want to see human rights issues politicized,” said Retno.
The UN Human Rights Council consists of 47 UN member states. Africa and Asia-Pacific were represented by 13 countries each, South America and the Caribbean were represented by eight countries, Eastern Europe was represented by six countries, and other regions were represented by seven countries.
Other countries that were also elected to be members of the 2024–20027 UN Human Rights Council representing the Asia-Pacific are Kuwait, Japan and China. (mhn/bbs)