Indonesia qualified to answer human rights challenges: Norwegian crown prince

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway said that Indonesia is qualified to answer human rights challenges as the country has implemented better democracy in the region.

“Some issues such as how we can work to share experience and work together to make our democratic system even stronger and how we can build relations between nations, cultures, and religions in order to enhance protection of human rights for everybody perhaps can be answered by Indonesia,” Haakon said when inaugurating the Eleventh Human Rights Dialogue between Indonesia and Norway here on Monday (26/11).

He added that Indonesia can address the issues in view of the fact that more than 300 different ethnic groups have shared one country and various religions had lived in the country in contiguity.

The Crown Prince added that Indonesia has been committed to enhancing human rights as the backbone of valuable partnership in the human rights bilateral dialogue.

“Human right is that all persons shares the same values and should be treated as equal,” he said.

According to him, some principles for enhancing bilateral cooperation between Norway and Indonesia are respect, openness and implementation which are valuable aspects for both governments.

Those, he added, can guarantee that both countries can continue to make a success and mutual cooperation to progress.

During the visit to Indonesia, Prince Haakon was accompanied by Princess Mette-Marit and a number of ministers and businessmen.

While in Jakarta, Prince Haakon will also meet with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan and inaugurate a business forum themed `Indonesia-Norway: Strategic Partnership in Business” to be held by Innovation Norway.

He will also visit Yogyakarta to meet Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and give a general lecture at Gadjah Mada University about “Nurturing Tolerance and The Need for Dialogue”.

Source: ANTARA News

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