Quick Review from #HRC37

At the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner spotlights more than 60 countries which have seen recent significant improvements – or negative trends. During his oral statements, Indonesia has been mentioned of this 60 countries.

“The Government of Indonesia has made progress in recent years in upholding human rights. I urge the authorities to address my concerns about increasing hostility towards religious and sexual minorities, which appears to be a recent and essentially foreign import to a traditionally tolerant nation. I encourage deeper consideration of the Faith for Rights Declaration of March 2017, which draws together commitments common to many religions and beliefs, and notes that “violence in the name of religion defeats its basic foundations: mercy and compassion.”

Read his full statement here.

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Non Discrimination Principle

The general principle of non-discrimination is a fundamental element of international human rights law as written in Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The right to equality and non-discrimination is recognised in Article 2 UDHR and is a cross-cutting issue of concern in other UN human rights instruments. Human rights instruments prohibit discrimination on several grounds. Article 2 UDHR prohibits discrimination on the following 10 grounds: race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth and other status. The term ‘other status’ has an open-ended meaning; some grounds not explicitly mentioned, such as age, gender, disability, nationality and sexual orientation could also be considered prohibited grounds.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

This year has marked the 70th Year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) since its published on 10 December 1948 in Paris, France. As an NGOs working on human rights issues, Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) are happy to join the campaign #StandUp4HumanRights to celebrate the 70th Year of the UDHR this year.
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Perempuan, bersemangatlah! Raihlah pendidikan, pekerjaan dan mimpi besar mu, walaupun setinggi langit, seluas samudera dan sejauh-jauhnya kamu dapat mengarunginya. Teruskan dan raihlah pendidikan mu! Teruslah berkarya dan bekerja, bukan hanya kamu ingin “diperbudak” oleh sistem, tetapi karena kamu yakin kamu dapat melakukan perubahan. Kemajuan. Kebahagiaan. Juga, kesetaraan. Jangan hanya mengumpat dibalik daster dan kerumunan bumbu dapur saja dengan dalih “ini kodrat kami sebagai perempuan, sebagai istri dari suami saya, juga ibu dari anak-anak kami”.

Perempuan, kalian memiliki hak yang sama, hak untuk melanjutkan serta meraih pendidikan yang layak dan pekerjaan yang kalian impikan. Perempuan, tiada salah jika kalian memiliki sejuta mimpi dan cita-cita. Tiada salah juga jika kalian ingin menjadi ibu rumah tangga untuk suami dan anak-anak kalian. Tetapi kalian juga masa depan bangsa yang memiliki sejuta kesempatan untuk memberikan sumbangsih kepada negeri ini. Maka dari itu, perempuan, (terus) bersemangatlah!

“Selamat Hari Perempuan Internasional bagi seluruh perempuan hebat di Indonesia!”

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and the Special Rapporteur on the right  to education

Oral Statement Delivered by Astrid Maharani

On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Friday, 17 June 2016


Oh, I was so proud to have this chance. To read the oral statement on behalf FORUM-ASIA at the 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. This chance that I had when I got the fellowship program with FORUM-ASIA based in Geneva, Switzerland.

I learned a lot during my fellowship program in FORUM-ASIA and would like to gain more knowledge about the UN Human Rights Mechanisms.

To read and download my statement here.

The original video was recorded here (1:26:30 – Chapters No. 48).