3rd annual EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue (02/05/2012)
Jakarta, 2 May 2012
3rd annual EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue
Exploring shared values as a cornerstone of relations
Today (2/5) the third annual session of the EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue was held, co-chaired by Prof. Dr Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, Director General for Human Rights, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and Mr Rolf Timans, Head of Division for Human Rights of the EU's External Action Service.
Respect for human rights and democratic values is enshrined in the EU-Indonesia Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) signed in 2009. The dialogue provides a valuable opportunity to exchange views on a wide range of human rights issues of mutual concern, including non-discrimination, respect for the rights of minority groups, women's rights, freedom of expression and co-operation through bilateral assistance programmes and in key international forums such as the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The dialogue is preceded by consultations with civil society in Jakarta and Brussels.
Mr Rolf Timans remarked: "The constructive and open exchanges that characterise the EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue reflect the shared values which underpin our relationship. We are steadily developing a fruitful partnership on human rights, reinforced by existing and new projects in this area. Both Indonesia and the EU face challenges on the human rights front – not least in ensuring that religious and other minorities are fully protected in law and practice. The human rights dialogue is a vital vehicle for exchanging expertise and experiences on such issues."