Recommendations for Indonesia

STATEMENT, 3 May 2017


Norway appreciates the excellent cooperation we have with Indonesia, including on human rights.

We commend Indonesia’s important achievements, including its juvenile justice reform, which is based on a restorative justice model.

 While recognizing Indonesia’s efforts to build religious tolerance, we remain concerned by reports of discrimination of religious minorities. We recommend that Indonesia ensure that all citizens can freely manifest their beliefs and that adherents of all faiths can fully enjoy their rights to health, education and other public services.

Norway also recommends that Indonesia reviews and repeals local bylaws that may limit rights guaranteed by the Constitution, especially as they relate to the rights of women, sexual minorities and religious minorities.

Human rights defenders have a strong standing in Indonesia, however Norway recommends that Indonesia take further steps to ensure a safe and enabling environment for all human rights defenders, including those representing the LGBT community and adat communities.

Lastly, Norway recommends a moratorium on executions with a view to abolish the death penalty.  

Thank you.

Advance questions

1. What measures are taken to ensure that human rights guaranteed by the Indonesian Constitution and the Indonesian Human Rights Law of 1999 are effectively implemented across the country?

2. What measures have been taken to ensure that all ministerial decrees regulating religious life, as well as religiously founded bylaws, are in conformity with international human rights law, as reflected in the Indonesian Constitution and the Human Rights Law of 1999?

3. What steps will Indonesia take to protect religious minorities from harassment or violence and to ensure freedom of belief and conscience for all, including for adherents of other beliefs and religions than the six religions officially recognized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs?

4. What steps will Indonesia take to ensure a safe and enabling environment where all human rights defenders can safely enjoy their rights of expression and assembly, including those representing vulnerable groups such as minority religious groups, the LGBT community, traditional adat communities and other forest-dependent communities?