Ministry of Foreign Affairs: No UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Will Come to Papua – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that there was no planned visit by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (KT HAM) to Indonesia this year. The statement was made by the Director of Human Rights and Humanity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Achsanul Habib, in response to news regarding the visit of the UN Human Rights Council to the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

“The news spreading that in 2022 there will be a High Commissioner for Human Rights [KT HAM] visit or a special rapporteur (pelapor khusus) for the two provinces can be ascertained to be groundless news,” Achsanul said in his video statement, Monday.

He explained that the invitation that Indonesia sent to the UN KT HAM was a visit to review the development and achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Papua and West Papua.

“(The invitation) is completely unrelated to the framework of the investigation or the fact finding mission. So far, our relationship with KT HAM is also excellent,” said Achsanul.

He ensured that at the UN Human Rights Council Session which was held on 28 March-1 April 2022, there was no agenda and discussion regarding Indonesia, or related to special issues such as human rights violations in Papua.

On the other hand, according to Achsanul, the cooperation between Indonesia and the UN Human Rights Committee continues to be well established, including by means of intensive communication between the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Human Rights regional office based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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