Jakarta. Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday (05/02) highlighted the importance of cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights, and said that such efforts should not be met with finger-pointing or scapegoating.
"No country has a perfect system of promotion and protection of human rights. It's always a continuous work in progress. Strengthening cooperation in a non-politicized manner among nations, and international and regional bodies, is therefore key," Retno said during her opening speech at the Jakarta International Conversation on Human Rights conference.
Retno said authorities must mainstream human rights agendas nationally, from central to district level. Human rights institutions must also be strengthened, along with campaign and education on this very topic.
The foreign minister said strengthening regional human rights bodies, such as the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, is imperative.
"It is critical there's no disconnection between national and regional environment," Retno said.
Retno also noted each country has to deal with specific challenges, and therefore "requires progress at its own pace."
"It must be underlined that the promotion and protection of human rights is not a finger-pointing game, nor [is it a] blaming or scapegoating exercise. It is a joint effort by and for all, with no exception," Retno said.