Opening Statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council
- Published on Monday, 26 September 2016 03:39
Human Rights Council
Opening Statement by
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Geneva, 13 September 2016
Mr President, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends,
I am honoured to open this first session of the Council's second decade.
After two years as High Commissioner, I believe it is important for me to share with you in this oral update our concern over an emerging pattern: the growing refusal on the part of an increasing number of Member States to grant OHCHR, or the human rights mechanisms, access - either to countries generally, or to specific regions, when that access is requested explicitly, or in other instances to engage with us. Why and for what reason, do those who deny access place their shield before us?
I intend to devote this statement mainly to this single issue. Before I do, I wish to first draw on some general observations of our present circumstances.
- Published on Saturday, 10 September 2016 04:51
ICP has created an electronic document which compiles observations made by international mechanisms between 2008 and 2016. The document includes all important quotes of recommendations and statements from documents related to the 1st cycle of the universal periodic reviews in 2008, the 2nd cycle of the universal periodic review in 2012, reports of Special rapporteurs as well as documents related to Indonesia' s reviews by the UN Committee against Torture, the UN Committee on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The quoted text passages either refer directly to the human rights situation in West Papua or were mentioned in a national context, but have strong relevance for the circumstances in Indonesia's easternmost region.
- Published on Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:50
A high school student was killed by Brimob guards on the morning of Saturday 27th August in the highland town of Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency. Otinus Sondegau had been drinking on the street with friends when the Brimob guards were called, who ended up pursuing him through the streets, shooting him dead as he reached the front of his house. Another teenager was reportedly shot in the hand in the incident, and others narrowly dodged bullets. The community, in response, burned the local police station to the ground.
- Published on Monday, 01 August 2016 13:01
Papuan human rights lawyer Olga Helena Hamadi died in a hospital in Jayapura on July 28th 2016 after a long period of illness. The exact cause of death is not yet clear.
Olga Hamadi worked for the legal aid organisation LBH Papua and the Commission for the disappeared and victims of violence (KontraS Papua). She took on politically sensitive cases, mainly of indigenous Papuans who were charged with high treason for voicing their opinions and taking part in demonstrations.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 14:03
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta (LBH, Jakarta Legal Aid Institute) has released a report based on testimony collected on location by members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and Papuan Students Alliance (AMP). The information has been verified by Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) to be consistent with its own telephone witness interviews. The number of people arrested is consistent with local media reports.
- Published on Friday, 01 July 2016 11:36
1. The sixth session of the EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue was held on 28 June 2016 in Brussels. The Delegation from the Republic of Indonesia was led by Mr Dicky Komar, Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the Delegation of the European Union was headed by Mr Julian Wilson, Acting Director for Asia-Pacific, and Mrs Anette Mandler, Head of the Human Rights Division in the European External Action Service.
- Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 05:02
On June 22nd 2016, an oral statement regarding the human rights situation in West Papua was heldbefore the UN Human Rights Council. The statement was supported by several organisations, including the International Coalition for Papua (ICP)
We would like to draw the Council’s attention to the human rights situation in West Papua. As one of the most isolated areas in the world, it remains one of the last conflict regions within Indonesia. Local activists continue to report cases of arbitrary arrests by Indonesian security forces of predominantly-indigenous Papuans participating in peaceful gatherings expressing their political opinions. In several cases, the arrests are followed by torture, reflecting the widespread impunity enjoyed by security forces and the lack of effective mechanisms to prosecute perpetrators.
- Published on Monday, 20 June 2016 10:15
The people of West Papua have repeatedly voiced the demand for peace talks between West Papua and the Indonesian Central government since the beginning of the Indonesian reformation period. Various peace building initiatives, such as the road map created by the Papuan Peace Network JDP and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences LIPI, have so far failed to get both conflict parties on one table. A recent MSG meeting on 16 June brings new hope for peace in the long lasting conflict between both parties. The Melanesian Spearhead Group had invited a senior delegation from Indonesia and representatives of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
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