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Joint Letter on Indonesia's Candidacy for Election to the UN Human Rights Council

19 September 2023
First Page of Joint Letter

Indonesia is seeking to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the next two years. This body has the responsibility to monitor and promote human rights around the world. Given such an important task, TAPOL and a number of our partners have serious concerns with Indonesia being elected to the Council, given the human rights situation in the country at the moment.


A member of the Council should be a worldwide role model for human rights. Given the shrinking space for civic society and restrictions to freedom of expression, the lack of ratification of all international human rights treaties and action on Indonesia's Universal Periodic Review, and the continuing situation in West Papua, this looks unlikely to be the case.


Take a look at our joint letter below.


This is a joint campaign of TAPOL's with Amnesty International, Franciscans International, Forum-Asia, World Council of Churches, Human Rights Monitor, VIVAT International, Geneva for Human Rights - Global Training, Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, Watch Indonesia!, SKPKC Fransiskan Papua, Imparsial, Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI), Papua Partners and SOWP