Indonesia has officially become the member of Human Rights Council of United Nation (UN), said the minister today (10/18) - Photo by MoFA Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia has officially become the member of Human Rights Council (HRC) of United Nation (UN), said the minister today (10/18). The memberships will be effective starting January 2020 – 2022.

“We are so honored to serve as one of the member of the Human Rights Council starting in January 2020. Indonesia will do our absolute best as a true partner for democracy, development and social justice,” foreign minister Retno Marsudi told reporters at the State Palace on Friday.

Indonesia gained the position after pocketing 174 votes in the elections held at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. Previously, Indonesia had been a member of the HRC four times in the period 2006 – 2007 as a founding member.

Then Jakarta was re-elected for a term of 2007-2010, 2011-2014, then 2015-2017 before being re-elected this year. The minister stated, “This is a mandate and proof of the trust of the international community in Indonesia.”

President of the 74th General Assembly of the UN, Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Indonesia won with the most votes. Beside Indonesia, three other Asia Pacific countries that were members for the 2020 – 2022 period were Japan (165), South Korea (165), and Marshall Islands (123).

Trust in Indonesia is not only possible to actively participate and determine the direction of discussion of an issue. But it also directly fights for the national interest, in this case is fencing the sovereignty of Indonesia through the HRC.

The Council consists of 47 countries through direct and secret elections in the United Nations General Mejalis with geographical distribution. Among other things Africa got 13 seats, Asia Pacific 13 seats, Latin America and the Caribbean 8 seats, Western Europe and other countries 7 seats, and Eastern Europe 6 seats.

Recently, President Joko Widodo conveyed the importance of the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) cooperation related to the Rakhine State issues. This was said by Widodo because Thailand was also the chairman of the organization.

“Regarding the Rakhine state issue, the President conveyed once again that the importance of ASEAN involvement in helping Myanmar in preparing for voluntary, peaceful and dignified repatriation,” said Marsudi.

Reportedly, Indonesia submitted a proposal to resolve the Rakhine case known as “formula 4 + 1 for Rakhine”. The four proposals are to restore security stability, hold back to the maximum not to use violence, provide protection to everyone in Rakhine regardless of ethnic and religious background, and open access to humanitarian assistance.

Thailand will encourage the Myanmar government to form an implementation committee and advisory body to oversee the implementation of the recommendations. The recommendation echoed the 2014′ UN call to welcome political and economic reforms in Myanmar, but at the same time expressed “serious concern” about the Rohingya-Moslem crisis.

The UN at that time demanded “equal access to obtain citizenship for all Rohingya minority groups” and ensure equal access for this group to obtain public services.

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