Jakarta -Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi shared stories, hopes, and lessons on the progress of Indonesia’s human rights in “Good Human Rights Stories” activities on the sidelines of the UN 73rd General Assembly Session in New York.
This was stated in a written statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received in Jakarta, Saturday (09/29/2018).
“Indonesia’s diversity is a gift, not a weakness. The diversity of sources of strength is not a reason because our differences reinforce each other,” said Retno Marsudi in his remarks at the event.
As one of the most diverse countries, Indonesia’s journey in promoting human rights has become a separate story.
“Our struggle for human rights is not an ‘event’, but a process that runs from generation to generation,” he said.
Retno said that Indonesia continues to make democracy and human rights bring prosperity to the people, the region and internationally by promoting the principles of mutual support, dialogue and cooperation.
Good Human Rights Stories (GHRS) activities were opened by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The activity was initiated by the European Union to commemorate the 70th series of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018 and support efforts to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights at the national, regional and global levels.
“This initiative provides a fresh new picture for us. Hear and see stories that can inspire and provide new enthusiasm for humanity, especially with the many lies and desperate stories that cut our hopes,” Retno said.
Indonesia is one of 14 countries, and the only country from Southeast Asia that was invited to present the story through a short video about the journey and struggle for promoting human rights that became a mirror of international appreciation for Indonesia’s human rights struggle.