Subject: UN High Commish for Human Rights on Indon. and ET
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 08:00:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

UN Headquarters New York, NY

23 September 1998

Press Briefing


What was her assessment of the human rights situation in Indonesia since the change of government? a correspondent asked. Mrs. Robinson said the whole situation in Indonesia was very difficult, because of the economic situation. A Memorandum of Understanding, which enabled the basing of a human rights resource person in Jakarta, had been signed. That person would have rights to Indonesia and East Timor and she was anxious to move ahead on that quickly. Yesterday, she had briefly discussed the situation with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia and had found a serious change in terms of recognizing the importance of human rights in the overall crisis situation. The Government had adopted a national plan for human rights and wanted to address the complexity of the situation.

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