UNESCO Meeting to Support a National Law on Disability Rights in Indonesia
Organized by the UNESCO Office in Jakarta, this meeting will offer the opportunity to discuss a draft law on disability, bringing in Disabled People Organisations’ (DPOs) voices to the drafting process, and mobilizing the Chamber of representatives (DPR) to gauge Members of Parliaments’ support to disability rights.
During this meeting, which will gather no less than 150 participants at the eve of the International Day of People with Disability (December 3), UNESCO will present the result of research on current legal framework and propose recommendations to the draft law.
Several key areas will be more specifically addressed such as:
• The existing policies in related to the rights of persons with disabilities in Indonesia and its compatibility with the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which Indonesia has recently ratified;
• The lack of data and its effect on planning programmes and other mechanisms to support persons living with disabilities in Indonesia;
• The existing definitions of disabilities and its compatibility with the UNCRPD with particular focus on sectoral laws in areas such as: education, access to services, healthcare, employment.
Amongst the main expected results of this meeting are:
• a broad consensus among all stakeholders on a draft national Law on Disability Rights in line with the principles of the UNCRPD
• a better identification of the existing legal framework which are not in line with the principles of the UNCRPD, and the recognition of the need to amend them.
Since April 2013, UNESCO’s Office in Jakarta has started a special project to build the capacity of Indonesian institutions that work or have some responsibility with regards to the rights of persons with disabilities. It is being co-implemented with ILO, UNFPA and WHO, with funding from the UNPRPD.
Given UNESCO expertise and previous work, this programme focuses on the right of access to education, the right to participation especially in social life and in the formulation and implementation of risk reduction strategies.
It also supports participation and civic education of youth living with disabilities through:
• Supporting a new generation of youth leaders within organizations dealing with persons with disabilities;
• Supporting youth civic engagement, and citizenship for youth living with disabilities;
• Supporting initiatives towards an inclusive education.