BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (KUNA) -- At the recently held fourth session of the
EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels, both sides agreed to
strengthen effort towards cooperating more closely in international
institutions dealing with human rights, said an EU statement here Tuesday.
The Dialogue discussed the issue of non-discrimination, especially with
regard to freedom of religion and belief and the protection of minority
groups, an area where both the EU and Indonesia face considerable challenges,
Both sides agreed on the importance of offering adequate legal protection
for minorities and bringing perpetrators of violence to justice.
The EU welcomed the presence of a vibrant media and civil society in
Indonesia and its importance for a free and democratic society. Both side
agreed on the need to ensure and protect freedom of expression and association.
Both sides agreed to strengthen partnership and cooperation on various
human rights issues including business and human rights, migration and human
rights as well as human rights and discussion on the death penalty, it added.
The Delegation from Indonesia was led by Muhammad Anshor, Director for
Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while
the Delegation of the European Union was led by Anette Mandler, Head of the
Human Rights Division in the EUs foreign service called the European External
Action Service. (end)
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