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Cablegate: Unga Prisoners of Conscience Declaration -- Urging

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OO RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHJA #0817 1140957
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 230957Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8802
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 7759
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0873
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 4975
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 2390
RUEHLJ/AMEMBASSY LJUBLJANA 0001
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1107
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 1870
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON 2576
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC

UNCLAS JAKARTA 000817

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, IO, DRL/MLGA (D.WALTERS)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNGA PHUM ID
SUBJECT: UNGA PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE DECLARATION -- URGING
INDONESIA TO COSPONSOR

REF: STATE 40380

1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche and nonpaper to
Dicky Komar, Deputy Director for Human Rights and
Humanitarian Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs
(DEPLU) on April 22. Poloff underscored that the declaration
on prisoners of conscience was an important affirmation of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He urged
Indonesia to cosponsor the declaration being proposed by the
United States and the European Union.

2. (SBU) Komar agreed this was an important issue. He
promised to review the U.S. position with other DEPLU
officials and said that Indonesia would consider U.S. views
as it decided whether to cosponsor the declaration.

3. (SBU) Poloff also raised the matter with French Embassy
contacts. (Note: France is acting as de facto EU President
in Indonesia as Slovenia, the current EU President, does not
have a diplomatic mission in Jakarta.) The EU has had no
substantive response from the GOI on this issue.
HUME

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