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Training on Political Rights for PwDsTraining on Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities Brings Election Officials Together

AGENDA partner Center for Electoral Access for Citizens with Disabilities (PPUA Penca) organized a two-day training for the Indonesian National Election Commission (KPU) and Indonesian Election Supervisory Body (BAWASLU). The training was held in Bogor from February 22-23, 2013. Among the 20 participants were three KPU, four BAWASLU commissioners and senior staff from the two institutions.

Participants discussed the accessibility of elections for persons with disabilities in Indonesia. The training targeted decision makers and senior staff of KPU and BAWASLU to increase their understanding of disabilities and take accessibility into account when preparing for elections.

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Philippines MapThe Historic Struggle for Representation of Persons with Disabilities in the Filipino Congress

In May 2013, the Philippines will have an election to elect members of the House of Representatives and half of the Senators. The upcoming election is an opportunity for persons with disabilities to finally gain representation in the legislature of the Republic of the Philippines.

Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities are entitled to participate equally in political and public life. This includes the right to cast ballots in an independent and secret manner, and participate in decision making processes that affect themselves and their communities.

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Organization Profile: The Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc (KAMPI)

The Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc (KAMPI) is a national federation of cross-disability organizations in the Philippines. Established in 1990, KAMPI envisions a “society for all,” where persons with disabilities are fully empowered, equal and productive members of Filipino society. KAMPI advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities and works to eliminate barriers that hinder the full participation of this population.

KAMPI has undertaken many initiatives in collaboration with other organizations, including government agencies; international and local organizations; and educational organizations. One such initiative is the Breaking Barriers for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities (BBYCY) project, which is a joint initiative between KAMPI and the Danish Society of Polio and Accident Victims (PTU). The program aims to promote the rights and improve the living conditions of children and young adults with disabilities. In 2009, the National Council on Disability Affairs, a government agency, issued Memorandum Circular No. 2009-37 that supports the initiative.

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Interview

Josephine de VeraStanding Tall Amid Adversity

When Josephine de Vera, or Josie, was six months old, she got a high fever. Her parents took her to the hospital for medication, where the doctor told them she had polio. Josie and her family looked for better treatment, but due to financial difficulties and the distance to medical centers, they finally had to stop seeking new and better medication.

Josie went through therapy every day with the hope that she would recover. When she was 3 years old, she learned how to walk without using any assistive device. She also entered a private school.

She was enrolled by her parents in a private school. But since other children noticed that she got disability, she was labeled.

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On The Horizon

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Thu, Mar 21, 2013
AGENDA Training, Cambodia
Mid Apr, 2013 (Tentative)
AGENDA Training, Philippines
Mid Apr, 2013 (Tentative)
Pre-election technical assessment workshop, Philippines

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The Historic Struggle for Representation of Persons with Disabilities in the Filipino Congress

Philippines MapIn May 2013, the Philippines will have an election to elect members of the House of Representatives and half of the Senators. The upcoming election is an opportunity for persons with disabilities to finally gain representation in the legislature of the Republic of the Philippines.

Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities are entitled to participate equally in political and public life. This includes the right to cast ballots in an independent and secret manner, and participate in decision making processes that affect themselves and their communities.

However, persons with disabilities face challenges that make inclusion in these processes difficult.

Representation in the legislature is a goal disability rights activists have been pursuing worldwide. Political participation represents a strategic step in realizing the rights of persons with disabilities. Through representation, persons with disabilities can push for legislation to promote and protect their rights to employment, education, health care and accessibility, among others. It is also a very important step to fight discrimination and raise general awareness about the issues persons with disabilities face daily.

Long before the inception of the CRPD, the Philippine government had taken steps to promote political rights of persons with disabilities. The 1987 Constitution mandates Congress to “design a procedure for the disabled and the illiterates to vote without the assistance of other persons. Until then, they shall be allowed to vote under existing laws and such rules as the Commission on Elections may promulgate to protect the secrecy of the ballot.” The Local Government Code of 1991 also mandates local legislative councils to appoint three sectoral representatives, one of which must come from an underrepresented community, such as persons with disabilities, urban poor or indigenous cultural communities.

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Cambodia Officially Ratified CRPD

Cambodia Officially Ratified CRPDThe United Nations has formally acknowledged the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability on 20 December 2012 by the Royal Government of Cambodia and entered it into the UN database. Cambodia had signed the Convention and its Optional Protocol on October 01st, 2007. On August 10th, 2012, National Assembly of Cambodia agreed to ratify the Convention. After the ratification, the CRPD entered into force on 19 January 2013. However, lack of budget may hinder full implementation of the convention after it came into force.

The ratification is a welcome news to all DPOs in the region. Mr. Ngin Saorath, CDPO’s (Cambodian Disabled People Organization) Executive Director calls for the alignment of existing domestic laws and regulation with the CRPD. He hopes this will be one of many steps the government will take to fully realize the rights of persons with disabilities in Cambodia. CDPO is also one of the regional partners of AGENDA.

Cambodia, as a result of over three decades of violent turbulence from the 60s to the 80s, has one of the highest ratios of amputees in the world. It is estimated that there is one amputee for every 290 people (see this BBC news article from 2003 which is still relevant today: Link). Therefore disability right is a huge issue facing Cambodia. The ratification of the Convention will raise hopes that the lives of tens of thousands of people who are living with disabilities in Cambodia will be improved.

Many of the amputees in Cambodia are victims of landmines. Cambodia is still considered as one of the most heavily mined countries in the world (see: Link). The Cambodian government ratified the Anti-Personel Landmines Convention in 1997. Now, in light of the formal ratification of CRPD by the government, activists have begun calling the government to also ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Cambodia is the seventh country in Southeast Asia that ratified the CRPD after the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. The joining of Cambodia as a state party in the Convention may influence the rest of the region to pursue ratification of CRPD. Four more countries are yet to ratify, they are Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Vietnam and Timor Leste. Brunei, Vietnam and Singapore have signed the Convention, with Singapore as the latest signatory, having signed it on 30 November 2012. Timor Leste is yet to sign the document.

Organization Profile: The Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc (KAMPI)

KAMPI logoThe Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc (KAMPI) is a national federation of cross-disability organizations in the Philippines. Established in 1990, KAMPI envisions a “society for all,” where persons with disabilities are fully empowered, equal and productive members of Filipino society. KAMPI advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities and works to eliminate barriers that hinder the full participation of this population.

KAMPI has undertaken many initiatives in collaboration with other organizations, including government agencies; international and local organizations; and educational organizations. One such initiative is the Breaking Barriers for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities (BBYCY) project, which is a joint initiative between KAMPI and the Danish Society of Polio and Accident Victims (PTU). The program aims to promote the rights and improve the living conditions of children and young adults with disabilities. In 2009, the National Council on Disability Affairs, a government agency, issued Memorandum Circular No. 2009-37 that supports the initiative.

The organization is well known for its activities that promote the rights of children and youth with disabilities and support their rehabilitation. It has succeeded in lobbying the government so young people with disabilities can receive medical treatment at a local or national rehabilitation center.

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Organization Profile: The Laos Disabled People’s Association (LDPA)

The Laos Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) is a civil society organisation and the sole Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) that encompasses all people with disability in Laos. The LDPA is recognised as the nation’s leading DPO, and serves an important role as the peak advocacy body for people with disability.

Organization Profile: The Laos Disabled People’s Association (LDPA)The LDPA was recognised as an Association on July 20th 2001 under Article 44 of the Laos Constitution. On September 13th 2011 the LDPA was registered as an Association as per the Decree on Associations, as administered by the Public Administration and Civil Service Authority (PACSA).

The LDPA promotes the rights and interests of people living with disability, and supports a membership based network of ten provincial branches and one branch in Vientiane Capital, as well as numerous cell groups in both urban and rural areas. Cell groups function as volunteer based, self help groups, and members feed information to, and receive information from, headquarters. This two way dialogue is crucial to building human rights based knowledge, and other essential information about services, networks and many other issues for people with disability, from central level to grassroots level.

Wheelchair Basketball Competition Organized by LDPAHowever the LDPA does not work only at the community level, and is effective at supporting the Government as it implements the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The LDPA Executive President is also a member of the National Committee for Disabled Persons.

Since 2001 the LDPA has successfully developed and delivered many projects and initiatives that have enhanced the quality of life for people with disability. The LDPA creates strong partnerships with government and non-government organisations at local, national, regional and international levels. Current partners include; Asian Development with Disabled Persons, Association for Aid and Relief (Japan), Australian Volunteers for International Development, Australian Sports Outreach Program, Ban Advocates, Basic Needs, CARE Australia, Caritas Australia, Eden International, the French Embassy, Handicap International (HI), Hope Haven International, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Lao Association for the Blind, Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC), Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, National Regulatory Authority, Physical Medical Rehabilitation Centre, POWER International, Rural Research Development Training Centre, Swedish Organisations’ of Persons with Disabilities International Aid Association, UNICEF, United Nations Development Program, World Vision.

Increased organisational capacity has enabled LDPA members and other people with disability to have better lives, and has contributed to an increase in awareness of the rights of people with disability throughout society. However there is still much work to be done in order for the LDPA to have its vision and mission fulfilled.

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