Indonesia’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review


28 avril 2017

GENEVA (28 April 2017) – Indonesia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Indonesia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 1 to 12 May, which also marks the commencement of the third UPR cycle.  Indonesia’s first and second UPR reviews took place in April 2008 and May 2012, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: the eradication of corruption from all administrative levels; the lack of mandatory corporate social and environmental responsibility policies; the harmonization of local by-laws and national law with international human rights standards, in particular in relation to the application of Shariah law in Aceh province; deep-rooted discrimination based on gender, age and religion; the protection of children against child labour, trafficking, sexual exploitation and early marriage; guaranteeing universal access to education as well as health services; the protection of women against female genital mutilation, arranged marriage, polygamy and economic inequalities; prison overcrowding, age and gender appropriate detention, detention monitoring and complaint mechanisms; and addressing the self-determination claims of West Papuans and the respective alleged human rights violations.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Indonesia on 3 May can be found here:

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 9.00 – 12.30, Wednesday, 3 May (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.  Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles.  During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of Indonesia will be headed by Ms. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Indonesia are: Belgium, Bangladesh and Ecuador.

The webcast of the session will be at

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Indonesia will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link: 

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Indonesia at 17.00 on 5 May.  The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review.  The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.    


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