61st session of the Commission on Human Rights (14 March-22 April 2005)


The Commission on Human Rights met in Geneva from 14 March to 22 April 2005 for its regular annual session.

The report of the session supplies information about the work of the Commission on Human Rights at its annual six week session and the results in terms of resolutions and decisions adopted. Resolutions and decisions adopted by the Commission are part of the annual report.

Report of the sixty-first session of the Commission on Human Rights
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Chairperson - H.E. Mr. Makarim Wibisono (Indonesia)

Chairperson’s statement on the Situation of human rights in Colombia, under Item 3

Question of Western Sahara, Item 5
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Chairperson’s statement on Technical cooperation in the field of human rights in Afghanistan under Item 19

Draft statement by the Chairperson on Haiti under item 19


H. E. Dr Makarim Wibisono, Chairperson of the 61 st session of the Commission on Human Rights, is the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations Office in Geneva since 16 September 2004.

Educated at Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta , the John Hopkins University, Washington D.C., where he obtained an M.A. in Advanced International Studies, and Ohio State University , Columbus , where he completed his Ph. D. in Political Economy, Ambassador Wibisono began his diplomatic career in Jakarta , in 1972, as Head of the US desk, Directorate of American Affairs. From there, he was appointed as Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia, then Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia to the United Nations from 1997-2001. In Indonesia he occupied the posts of Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations (2000-2002) and Director-General for Asia Pacific and Africa (2002-2004) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before his present appointment as Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations in Geneva.

Alongside these responsibilities, Ambassador Wibisono was appointed, in 1999, Vice President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), year in which he also served as Chairman of the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti. In the year 2000 he was elected President of ECOSOC, a position which he held concurrently with the chairmanship of the World Peace Assembly on Interreligious Dialogue. That same year, Ambassador Wibisono also began a three-year stint as Chairman of the Working Group of the Non-Aligned Countries on Disarmament, a capacity in which he attended the NAM Ministerial Meetings in 1997 and 1998, as well as the NAM Summit Meeting in Durban in 1999. More recently, he has held the post of Chairman of the APEC Counter-Terrorism Task Force. He has also been a member of the United Nations Information and Communication Technology Task Force (UN-ICT) and of the Advisory Board to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the UN-ICT since 2001.