Mr. Andy Rachmianto
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to
the United Nations
Agenda Item 65:
Promotion and Protection of the rights of Children
New York, 14 October 2011
At the outset, Mr. Chairman, my delegation wishes to associate itself with the statement made by Malaysia on behalf of ASEAN.
The promotion and protection of the rights of the child as part of basic human rights continued to be the priority of my Government. Indonesia is committed to improve, the protection of all children, both at the global, regional and national levels. We should continue to examine challenges, and open to new ideas and proposals to fine tune our efforts in promoting the rights of the child worldwide.
Therefore, Indonesia always welcomes the opportunity for in-depth discussions between member states and child related UN mechanisms and entities. Along this line, Indonesia is also looking forward to discuss with the Committee on the Rights of Child, its recently submitted periodic reports of the Convention on the Rights of Children in the future sessions.
After the adoption of “A World Fit for Children” and the Convention children issues have increasingly become an integral part of the universal Human Rights governance. All stakeholders’ observance of the Convention is improving from time to time. However, we have to ensure that such encouraging developments is far reaching, truly impacting, and bringing positive change to the daily lives of children in all parts of the world.
We share the assessment of the Secretary-General and various UN mechanisms a few days ago that there are still too many children that are left behind. It is apt that our discussion this year brings the focus on challenges faced by children with disabilities, girl child, as well as children impacted by poverty and armed conflicts. More than others, these children are often subjected to multiple discriminations and frequently obscure from major discourses of human rights. In the same spirit of promoting the best interests of children in all situations, we should also give attention to addressing the well-being of children of migrant workers and children victim of transnational organized crimes.
At the operational level, we believe new approaches, such as UNICEF’s refocus on equity, will help member states to reach and address the needs of the most vulnerable among children. In the long run, the equity approach could complement national efforts to achieve the MDGs, sustainable development and in ensuring a fair distribution of the development gains for all.
In fulfilling a world fit for children and the rights of the Child, allow me to highlight some salient points:
First, the institutional and legislative framework, as well as the legal sectors should be strengthened in accordance with national capacity and priorities. Taking comprehensive and holistic approaches that involve all the stakeholders, including the children themselves should also be promoted.
In Indonesia, these approaches are reflected in the enactment of various laws, principally the Law on Child Protection and Law on Human Rights, which entails special provision to protect the rights of children with disabilities, girl child and children in armed conflicts, among others. At the same time, Indonesia is also working to improve its response to the distinctive needs of special groups of children at risk of further discrimination.
Second, the wellbeing of a child is closely tied to the efforts to promote women’s rights. On the girl child, the Government of Indonesia has been promoting gender mainstreaming in the work to protect the right of children. Since 2009, the responsibility on comprehensive efforts and policies on gender equality and child protection falls under the coordination of one government institution, the “Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection”.
To address gender-based violence, particularly against girls in socially and economically vulnerable situations, the Government works to eliminate its root causes, the socially constructed gender inequalities. We also encourage all elements of society such as, religious leaders, public opinion leaders, and teachers to play greater roles in promoting gender equalities. Last year, we launched “The Integrated Services for Women and Children Victims of Violence” as a guideline for our stakeholders to provide protection services to the victims. The Government is also developing a “National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Children”.
Third, we must continue to invest in children, to ensure the well-being and productivity of future generations for decades to come. Let us build the global cooperation to serve the best interests of children and give them a future of opportunities.
Children with disabilities deserve equal treatment and attention. They must have the reassurance that they will be able to grow as with other children, in health, peace and dignity.
Under the Law, the Government guarantees the right for equal treatment for children with disabilities. The introduction of a statistic system that segregates data based on sex, age, group and type of disability has helped to bring visibility to the situation of children with disabilities. It also helps government in formulating policies for development and protection of these children from discriminatory actions. In the future, Indonesia will continue as a matter of priority to further encourage relevant stakeholders, including business sectors to pay greater attention to the full implementation on the Law on Person with disabilities, regularizing data collection on children with disabilities and the provision of public facilities and infrastructures for disabled children.
Government also facilitated the establishment of the “Communication Forum for Families” with children with disabilities. Their aim is to promote parent’s knowledge and understanding of the need and the right of children with disabilities. They also act as a medium for Government to address matters pertaining to the needs and aspirations of children with disabilities.
In order to help families recognize and develop the potential of children with disabilities, the Government has been providing childcare facilities accessible for disabled children. In addition, the Government has developed a mobile “Social Rehabilitation Service Unit Program” to provide services outside the facilities.
Learning from our past experience of conflict and social unrest in certain areas, Indonesia has undertaken efforts to ensure the safety and the right of children victim of such situation. To that end, the Government will continue to guarantee the right of children in a such a situation by designing a standard operational procedure for the unification of children separated from families and communities; providing access to NGOs to assist trauma healing and counseling in school; improving capacity building of stakeholders in the field of child protection; and providing social protection homes or foster homes.
We heard these past two days many success stories on child protection efforts conducted by member states, various UN mechanisms and other stakeholders. We recognize that cooperation and partnership as the most important factor of all. Promotion and protection of the rights of the child is a cross sector issue that ultimately will benefit further from efforts to improve coordination of works among different UN mandate holders. Their work is mutually reinforcing and complimentary thus requiring balanced attention and support.
We especially welcome the cooperation between SRSG on Violence against Children with the “ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)”.
In closing, we also urge other child related UN mechanisms and entities to form closer cooperation with regional mechanisms and take the benefits of the experience and the existing institutionalized efforts of regional bodies, in meeting their child related commitments and objectives
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