JOINT PRESS STATEMENT THE 3" SESSION OF THE BILATERAL HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE BETWEEN INDONESIA AND SWEDEN, Jakarta, 29-30 November 2010

 11/30/2010

Final

                        JOINT PRESS STATEMENT 
 THE 3rd SESSION OF THE BILATERAL HUMAN DIALOGUE
           BETWEEN INDONESIA AND SWEDEN

 

1. The 3`d Session of the Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue between Indonesia and Sweden was held in Jakarta, on 29-30 November 2010. The Indonesian delegation was led by Co-Chairs Ambassador Retno Marsudi, Director General for American and European Affairs, and Prof. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, SH, MH, Ph.D, Director General for Human Rights, and the Swedish delegation by Ambassador Hans Dahlgren, Sweden's Human Rights Ambassador.

2. The Chairs of both delegations officially opened the Dialogue on 30 November 2010. On 29 November 2010, both delegations made a study visit to Cipinang Narchotic Prison and had the opportunity to see and discuss many of the prison's facilities. The Swedish delegation expressed its appreciation with the open and warm welcome offered during that visit and underlined the importance of implementing human rights standards in prison. The Indonesian delegation made reference to the study visit to Sweden of 16 Indonesian Officials from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights in June 2010, when several Swedish prisons were visited.

3.  During the dialogue, on 30 November 2010, both delegations exchanged views on a number of topics a). Exchange of experiences with the UN Human Rights Council, the UPR, and the Indonesian National Human Rights Action Plans (RANHAM), b). Condition in Prisons; and c). Tolerance, Coexistence and Freedom of Expression.

4. The two delegations noted with satisfaction the excellent bilateral relations and that the  Human Rights Dialogue has expanded very positively since the last Dialogue held in Stockholm, April 2009.

5.  Both parties highlighted progress in the following cooperation: support to the effective implementation of the RANHAM and strengthen of human rights standards in the Indonesian prison system. The two delegations emphasized the need to continue to support and expand cooperation in these fields and also explore new areas of co-operation.

6. The two sides expressed satisfaction on the progress that Indonesia had done so far concerning draft RANHAM 2010-2015 scheduled to be launched by the end of this year. Both delegations further discussed their respective experiences with the UN Human Rights Council and the UPR. The delegations also exchanged their views on tolerance, coexistence, and freedom of expression. Both delegations agreed that those issues were very important and require further discussion and noted that necessary efforts are needed to cope with the challenges faced in those areas.

7. At the concluding remarks, the delegations agreed that there was a great potential for further bilateral human rights cooperation and dialogue. They expressed their satisfaction with the results of the 3rd Session of the Dialogue and highlighted the importance of following up on this session's recommendations in the coming dialogue.

8. The two delegations agreed that the next bilateral human rights dialogue will be held in Sweden in 2011.


Jakarta, 30 November 2010