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RI vies for spot on UN human rights body

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 18 2019   /  02:29 am

Indonesia will kick off its campaign in February to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2020-2022 period.

The move follows Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi’s announcement earlier this month that Jakarta would nominate itself for a spot on the top human rights body, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We will start the campaign in late February in Geneva. We will put as much effort into it as we did in a similar campaign for the UN Security Council last year,” said Febrian A. Ruddyard, the Foreign Ministry’s multilateral cooperation director general, on Wednesday.

Indonesia has just begun its two-year tenure serving on the UN Security Council, having won a nonpermanent seat against the Maldives in a secret ballot last year.

Jakarta is now seeking a fifth term on the UN Human Right Council, having served a year on...