This meeting was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa), and attended by his team including the Director General of ASEAN Partnership (I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja), Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (Muhammad Anshor), the Minister’s spokesperson, and other staff. The Indonesian Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (Rafendi Djamin) updated all participants on the consultation process that the document has undergone until today. From civil society, apart from Arus Pelangi, Gaya Nusantara, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara, HRWG, KontraS, LBH-Jakarta, IKOHI, Kalyana Mitra, and Aliansi Jurnalis Independen were also present.
In general, civil society expressed positive appreciation towards the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Indonesian Government for series of public consultations and engagement process that have taken place to develop the declaration. On the other hand, civil society also expressed concerns on the imperfection of the declaration, including the non-inclusion of LGBT rights; the unclear boundaries between rights and responsibility related to article 6, 7, and 8, which may be used by some parties as a tool to defend and justify their repressive polices; the gap of understanding the concept of indigenous (peoples); and the difficulties to access the draft declaration document, thus causing confusion on which state the document is at – at different times.
Some proposed for the postponement of the signing process to allow more consultation process to take place, particularly to minimize gaps amongst concepts, stakeholders, and decision makers.