Members of Parliament, Government and Disabled People Organisations Debate Together the Future of Disability Rights Framework in Indonesia
As part of UN efforts to mark the International Day of Persons with Disability (December 3) UNESCO hosted a multi-stakeholders meeting to support the development of the existing legal framework on disability rights on 28 November 2013. The event was part of UNESCO’s efforts to assist the Government of Indonesia in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disable People (UNCRPD) that Indonesia signed in 2011.
With support from the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and in collaboration with various stakeholders including ILO and UNFPA, the event counted with the participation of Disabled People Organizations from several regions of Indonesia, senior Indonesian Officials and Members of Parliament including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. H. Marzuki Alie, the Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Salim Segaf Al Jufri, dr. Nova Riyanti Yusuf, Vice-Chairwoman of Commission IX and Dra. Hj. Ida Fauzia, Chairwoman of the Commission VIII as well as representatives of the Ministries of Law and Human Rights, BAPPENAS and Statistics Indonesia.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Salim Segaf Al Jufri stated his support to a “new concept of disability that should also include the social environment”. In his opinion a new law on disability rights should included this concept and cover not only economic rights but also civil and political rights as well as cultural rights. This was also the view of Prof. Dr. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, Director General of Human Rights, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, who acknowledged the contribution of the UNCRPD in making the paradigm shift from a charity based model towards a rights-based approach. In her view, the challenge for Indonesia after having signed the UNCRPD is to find ways to materialize this paradigm shift and to find effective ways to create an enabling process to realize the rights of disabled persons.
Dr. H. Marzuki Alie, Speaker of the House of Representatives and dr. Nova Riyanti Yusuf, Vice-Chairwoman of Commission IX noted the commitment of the Parliament to pass legislation to advance the rights of disabled people as part of the implementation of the UNCRPD. While dr. Nova acknowledged the challenge of implementing disability actions at local level, Dr. H. Marzuki Alie made it clear that “disability rights is of outmost importance to the House of Representatives”. Speaking on behalf of the House of Representatives, Dr. H. Marzuki Alie, mentioned that the parliament has noticed the increase in numbers of people with disabilities, particularly due to natural disasters and proposed several actions including measures to build the confidence of those with a disability by focusing in employment and education and increasing the budget allocation for disability programmes. On this vein, dr. Nova, congratulated UNESCO for having contributed “massively by bringing together all the stake-holders” and invited UNESCO to build capacity of government officials and improve quality of data. The importance of data was also stressed by Dra. Hj. Ida Fauzia, Chairwoman of the Commission VIII of the Parliament who recognized the contribution of inclusive education to the social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Dr. Anwar Alsaid, on behalf of Prof. Dr. Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative UNESCO Office-Jakarta, reminded the audience the big difference proper legislation can make in the life of citizens and showed examples of the work done by UNESCO in Indonesia regarding disability rights. Since April 2013, UNESCO’s Office in Jakarta has been working on a project called “Social Inclusion of People Living with Disabilities in Indonesia” and has contributed to raising awareness about the UNCRPD and supported municipalities, particularly thought revision of policy planning and capacity building.
The meeting offered stakeholders the possibility to explore possible understanding of the drafting process and content of the draft law. The lack of a law on disability rights in line with the UNCRPD has been highlighted at various stakeholders meetings including the recent “National Dialogue on the Realization of the UNCRPD” which took place on June 11-12 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta.
For more information about UNESCO disability programme please contact Mr. Daniel Ruiz de Garibay at firstname.lastname@example.org
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