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IFES Remembers Indonesian Disability Rights Leader Yusdiana

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is deeply saddened by the passing of Senior Disability Rights Adviser Yusdiana (“Diana”) of Indonesia. She died of complications after surgery in Jakarta on December 28. Our sincerest thoughts are with her family and the disability community.

As a young adult, Diana contracted polio and learned how to navigate life, physically, emotionally and mentally using a wheelchair. She then went on to advocate tirelessly for equal rights and strived to increase the political participation of persons with disabilities.

"As a person with a disability who grew up experiencing many barriers, I see my participation in elections gives me the opportunity to make a decision on who best will represent my voice in parliament and government. [I want to elect a] person who I believe will fight for my rights and community to have a decent life as equal as other citizens," said Diana.

Through a leadership position with the Indonesia Disabled People’s Association (PPDI), she travelled across Southeast Asia as an ambassador to raise awareness about the need for greater inclusion in the political process. She was instrumental in the development of the General Election Network for Disability Access in Southeast Asia (AGENDA) – an initiative supported by IFES. Along with AGENDA colleagues, Diana successfully advocated for people with disabilities to be included in the 2012 ASEAN Human Rights Declaration.

“Diana was not only a dear friend and an immensely kind and important colleague, she was a true force of nature and a formidable leader for her community and her cause – particularly in providing leadership on behalf of PPDI in the establishment of the AGENDA network throughout Southeast Asia,” said Peter Erben, IFES Senior Electoral Adviser and Indonesia Chief of Party. “In her memory, and honoring her quest, others must now rise and continue her important work.”

Diana observed five elections in Indonesia and in Cambodia, and provided feedback to election management bodies on how to make the electoral process more accessible. In June 2013, she spoke at the 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Her attendance marked growing recognition and appreciation for the political rights of people with disabilities. During her speech, she underscored the importance of ensuring political rights for persons with disabilities.

"Southeast Asia is a region with 90 million persons with disabilities, around 15 percent of the total population,” said Diana. “The region is in the growing process of democratization as we have seen happening in Myanmar. 

“As persons with disabilities, participating in elections is important, since it will give us full participation in the development of our country. We can really make our own choices – to vote, to be elected and to be election officers. As a citizen, voting opens doors to other rights.”

 Listen to Advocating for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Southeast Asia, a podcast featuring Yusdiana, IFES Access and Inclusion Specialist Virginia Atkinson, and IFES AGENDA Program Manager Chris Donn.

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UN Special Rapporteur Visits National Workshop on Disabilities

The Indonesia Disabled People Association (PPDI) and the National Consortium for Persons with Disabilitiesheld a two-day national workshop from June 11-12 in Jakarta. The workshop coincided with an informal visit from Shuaib Chalklen, the UN Special Rapporteur for Persons with Disabilities of the Commission for Social Development. Also present were members of disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), government representatives and other stakeholders.

The workshop aimed to create action plans for advocacy and monitoring of the implementation of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), encourage ratification of the optional protocol of the CRPD and discuss strategies for advocacy and monitoring of CRPD implementation, as conducted by DPOs.

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Columbia University Students to Support AGENDA Research and Capacity Assessment

From 11 to 25 March, two Students, Christopher Wooley and Dennis Jitae Kim, from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University came to Jakarta for intership in the AGENDA secretariat in Jakarta. During their internship, they carried out capacity assessment activities as well as helping in writing AGENDA’s research report.

The next two articles are written by the two students concerning their internship with AGENDA.Chris and Dennis with AGENDA Jakarta staffs

A Semester with AGENDA: Part I

Christopher WooleyI have had the privilege of working with the AGENDA project since November 2012. This relationship has been part of my final Capstone Consulting Project in preparation for my master’s of international affairs (MIA) degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York City. In November 2012, my colleagues Dennis Kim, Samir Ashraf, Alison Hamburg and I joined together to conduct capacity assessments of AGENDA’s regional partners and assist member organizations in completing country and regional reports on election access for persons with disabilities as part of our final studies before graduation this May.

As part of this project, Samir and Alison travelled to Laos in January to work with the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA), while Dennis and I had the opportunity to travel to Indonesia to work with AGENDA’s Jakarta-based program staff and regional partners.

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AGENDA Newsletter - 7th Edition

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A Brief History of Elections in MalaysiaA Brief History of Elections in Malaysia

Following the dissolution of Parliament in early April, the government of Malaysia announced the long-awaited date of the upcoming 13th Malaysian general election, to be held May 5, 2013.1

Currently engaged with Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (MAFREL) and the Malaysian Confederation of the Disabled (MCD), AGENDA, with the support of local partners, is planning to monitor the accessibility of these elections.

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AGENDA Holds Workshop on Accessible Elections for Cambodian National Election CommitteeAGENDA Holds Workshop on Accessible Elections for Cambodian National Election Committee

AGENDA, in cooperation with the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO), organized a two-day training on the rights of persons with disabilities in elections for Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC). Senior staff members from the NEC representing 14 provinces and two representing Phnom Penh were present. Also attending the training was Sokolac Tipor, the Deputy Secretary General of NEC who officially opened the session.

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Columbia University Students to Support AGENDA Research and Capacity AssessmentColumbia University Students to Support AGENDA Research and Capacity Assessment

From 11 to 25 March, two Students, Christopher Wooley and Dennis Jitae Kim, from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University came to Jakarta for intership in the AGENDA secretariat in Jakarta. During their internship, they carried out capacity assessment activities as well as helping in writing AGENDA’s research report.

The next two articles are written by the two students concerning their internship with AGENDA.

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Interview

Noor Muhammad Ariffin AzeeraGaining Experience while Inspiring

Noor Muhammad Ariffin Azeera of Ipoh, Malaysia, has an enthusiasm for community development. With a bachelor’s degree in Islamic banking and finance and a graduate degree in business, her passion lies in using policy to improve the wellbeing of her country. After she graduated in 2007, she joined the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, Malaysia's leader in economic, social and political issues.

After three and a half years with Merdeka, Azeera returned to school. She attended the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) at the University of Malaya. However, she chose not to finish her study, as she won a scholarship from the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) in the middle of her program.

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AGENDA Holds Workshop on Accessible Elections for Cambodian National Election Committee

AGENDA, in cooperation with the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO), organized a two-day training on the rights of persons with disabilities in elections for Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC). Senior staff members from the NEC representing 14 provinces and two representing Phnom Penh were present. Also attending the training was Sokolac Tipor, the Deputy Secretary General of NEC who officially opened the session.

Sokolack Tipor, Deputy Secretary General of NEC, opened the workshopThe training modules were also used for previous trainings for members of the Indonesian General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or the KPU), with some adjustments made for Cambodia’s context. The module was produced by drawing on experiences and best practice examples from countries across the region.

The CDPO was assisted by the Neutral and Impartial Committee For Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC) in organizing the training. Senior staff members from the Center for Election Access for Citizens with Disabilities (PPUA Penca) and the Indonesian Disabled People Association (PPDI) – part of the AGENDA Indonesia Secretariat – attended the training.

In his opening remarks, Tipor pledged support to persons with disabilities so they can better participate in elections. One form of support is to make sure persons with disabilities are able to register as voters. “Political rights of persons with disabilities is, first of all, the right of vote. In order to vote, they need to register,” he said. “If they cannot travel to the registration office, they need support from the local authorities, the village system or civil society organization in the area. We, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, have to identify [those who do not have identity cards], in order to assist them.”

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