Subject: JP: RI elected onto Human Rights Commission of UN's ECOSOC

Received from Joyo Indonesia News

The Jakarta Post [online]

April 30, 2003

RI elected onto Human Rights Commission of ECOSOC

NEW YORK, U.S. (JP): Indonesia has been elected as one of the 24 members of the United Nations Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Commission on Human Rights, as a representative of Asia, in the ECOSOC's latest round of votes held here on Tuesday.

"Indonesia had to compete with Iran, which was also nominated for the Asian region," the ad-interim charge d'affaires of the New York office of Indonesia's permanent representative, Mochamad Slamet Hidayat, told Antara.

Bhutan, India, Nepal, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were also chosen to sit on the commission representing Asia, he added.

"This is a show of the trust placed by the international community in Indonesia in handling human rights cases at home," he said.

He pointed out that, as a member of the human rights commission, Indonesia has a chance to contribute to settling human rights abuses across the world.

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