DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN INDONESIAN FOREIGN POLICY

V Matvienko, A Smorzhevska

Abstract


The article explores the practical aspects of Indonesia’s foreign policy agenda on the issues of democracy and human rights in multilateral dimension. It was clarified that state policy in this area is being implemented in the context of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia within ASEAN framework, as well as the Bali Democratic Forum and the Institute for Peace and Democracy created by Indonesia. At the international level, Indonesia’s position was expressed through the participation of the country in the UN Security Council work as a non-permanent member. It is emphasized that the ASEAN principles of regional cooperation impede Indonesia’s leadership efforts in the area of democratic transformation and complicate multilateral cooperation between the countries of Southeast Asia, and therefore Indonesia attracts other actors to this cooperation. It was found that, given Indonesia’s own problems in this area, the increased attention to democracy and human rights is indicative of their instrumental nature in Indonesia’s foreign policy, in particular its importance for strengthening Indonesian prestige abroad. At the same time, it is noted that such an agenda can stimulate Indonesia to implement more effective policy at the national level.
Key words: democracy, human rights, Indonesian foreign policy, ASEAN, multilateral cooperation.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17721/apmv.2018.135.0.17-24

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