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Press Release: 3rd Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

Posted on: 24 June, 2017

Members of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community met for its third meeting on 22 to 23 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand

The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community has concluded its third meeting on 22-23 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Leo Herrera-Lim, Chair of the AICHR and Representative of the Philippines to the AICHR and H.E. Dr. Mu’man Nuryana, Chair of SOMSWD and SOMSWD Focal Point of Indonesia.

The Meeting extensively discussed the outline of the Regional Action Plan on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN, taking into consideration the priority areas indicated in the Mobilisation Framework of ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2011-2020.

The Meeting was briefed by the Statistics Division of the ASEAN Secretariat on the existing data collection mechanism in ASEAN, taking into consideration the crucial role of disability disaggregated data for the promotion and protection of disability rights and the formulation of the regional action plan. The Task Force also met with a representative from ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) who emphasised the need for comprehensive representation of disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs) and the importance of monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the regional action plan.

The Meeting expressed its appreciation to AICHR Thailand for the excellent arrangements of the meeting.

ASEAN Youth Video Competition “ASEAN Against Trafficking: Humans are not for Sale”

Posted on: 22 June, 2017

The AICHR in collaboration with the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN is organising the ASEAN Youth Video Competition “ASEAN Against Trafficking: Humans are not for Sale”.

For further information on application, please see below: 

  Application Details – ASEAN Youth Video Competition “ASEAN Against Trafficking: Humans are not for Sale” (329.5 KiB, 950 hits)

Press Release: 3rd Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, 19-21 June 2017, Phuket, Thailand

Posted on: 22 June, 2017

The 3rd AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community was held on 19-21 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. This Dialogue built on the previous two regional dialogues the AICHR convened in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 Dialogue focused on the issues pertaining to access to justice, persons with disabilities as entrepreneurs and disability perspective in disaster risk management. The event gathered participation of the AICHR and various relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies, including ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM), ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC); National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), and experts from regional and international organisations.

The Dialogue participants actively contributed in sharing their experiences and challenges relevant to the three focus areas. They provided their views to the proposed regional action plan, which is currently being drafted by the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community. In the context of access to justice, it was highlighted that there is a need to empower persons with disabilities to ensure that they are aware of their rights.

Mr. Monthian Bunthan, a member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities highlighted the importance of having accessibility impact assessment for businesses in ASEAN to ensure inclusivity of persons with disabilities. The participants highlighted that the rights of persons of disabilities to work, employment and to start a business is guaranteed under article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the latest international human rights instrument to be ratified by all ASEAN Member States. However, social stigma surrounding persons with disabilities adds barriers to the realisation of their right. Moreover, the lack of access to infrastructure, information and transportation hinders persons with disabilities from becoming contributing members of the economy through entrepreneurship.

It was highlighted that the lack of data on persons with disabilities hinders the first responder to assist them. Therefore, it was emphasised that knowledge on disaster preparedness should be adequately shared to persons with disabilities including to children with disabilities.

Participation of persons with disabilities in policy-making processes was highlighted as the key point in ensuring the mainstreaming and full implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities.

The 3rd Regional Dialogue was organised by the Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR in collaboration with various agencies in Thailand, including the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, the Administrative Court, the Social Security Office, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), as well as the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) and the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD). The event was supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and Australian Aid.

Press Release: Special Meeting of the AICHR, 17-18 June 2017, Phuket, Thailand

Posted on: 19 June, 2017

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its Special Meeting from 17 to 18 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. It was chaired by H.E. Leo Herrera-Lim, Representative of the Philippines to the AICHR.

As part of the preparations to meet with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in August 2017, the Special Meeting discussed the AICHR Annual Report 2017 and the Statement of the Chair of the AICHR to the AMM.

The Meeting reviewed the status of implementation of the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities for 2017. The Meeting was also updated on the ongoing preparations of AICHR commemorative activities, namely the publishing of ASEAN 50th Anniversary Edition of the AICHR: What You Need to Know booklet and the development of its video.

The Meeting conducted the first interface between the AICHR and ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM), where both bodies exchanged information on their work and discussed potential cooperation.

The Meeting expressed its appreciation to the Government of Thailand for the excellent arrangements of the meeting. The AICHR will convene its next meeting in August 2017 in the Philippines.