U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in Indonesia
As Delivered by Patrick Elliot
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
The United States welcomes the distinguished delegation from Indonesia. We commend the efforts of Indonesia in the preparation of their report.
We recommend that Indonesia:
- Conduct prompt, thorough, and transparent investigations into all allegations of extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the five Papuan provinces and hold perpetrators accountable.
- Review and revise laws and regulations that unduly restrict freedom of expression, including Criminal Code articles 218-219, 304, 309-311 and the 2008 Law on Electronic Information and Transactions articles 27-29 in line with Indonesia’s international human rights obligations and commitments.
- Repeal laws that unduly restrict freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, including Law No. 17/2013 on Societal Organizations and Law No 9 of 1998 on Freedom of Assembly.
We remain concerned by reports of escalating violence in the Papuan Provinces, including reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture, and restrictions on independent monitors and media access to the region.
We wish Indonesia a successful UPR. I thank you.