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AGENDA Coalition Building Workshop

In concurrence with the eighth Task Force meeting, AGENDA organized a joint workshop with representatives from the ASEAN Development Forum (ADF) in Bangkok from 14-15 September entitled “Coalition Building: Leveraging the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan to Promote Disability Rights Across the Region”. 24 representatives from nine ASEAN Member States participated on the three-day workshop (all but Brunei Darussalam). The first two days covered topics such as the structure of – and strategies for engagement with – ASEAN and an introduction to the Enabling Masterplan, as well as methods of coalition-building, consistent messaging and strategic advocacy planning. Participants learned to work and cooperate across network lines by building a coalition of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and CSOs to more effectively advocate for disability rights and the effective implementation of the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan.

 

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The 8th Task Force meeting on the Enabling 2025 for Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 14-15 September, General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) Disability Rights Advisor Tolhas Damanik stood in as an acting representative for Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights’ (AICHR) eight Task Force meeting on the Enabling 2025 for Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, its final meeting, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting finalized the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan, which will encourage Member States to actively integrate disability perspectives into their regional and national development frameworks. The Enabling Masterplan is aimed to be adopted in November 2018.

 

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The press release of the 8th Meeting of the Task Force on ASEAN Enabling Masterplan

The Task Force on the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, comprising of representatives from AICHR SOMSWD and ACWC, convened on its 8th meeting, the final meeting, in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 & 15 September 2018. Please see their press release at 

http://aichr.org/press-release/press-release-8th-meeting-of-the-task-force-on-the-mainstreaming-of-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-the-asean-community-14-15-september-2018-bangkok-thailand/

AGENDA participated ih the 4th Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum

On 27 – 28 August, the AGENDA Program Manager, along with Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) representatives from Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste, participated in the fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF IV) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theme was “Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Promoting and Defending Democracy Together”. H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, was a keynote speaker. The AGENDA Program Manager was appointed as a moderator of “Democratic Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations.” This topic was part of the output of the conference, also known as the Colombo Pledge: to Promote and Defend Electoral Democracy in Asia.

AGENDA attended ASEAN Forum in Singapore

On 27 – 28 August, the AGENDA Disability Rights Advisor and Program Officer were nominated by the Indonesian Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to participate in the ASEAN Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Singapore. The event was organized by the Singaporean Representatives to the AICHR and the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC). The forum aimed to increase knowledge and awareness of best practices among key women business leaders, agents of change, young female entrepreneurs and CSOs. AGENDA shared its views about the economic situations of women with disabilities in ASEAN and encouraged the forum to identify best practices and opportunities to collaborate and enhance the participation of women with disabilities in economic development. AGENDA also mentioned the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025, which is expected to be endorsed by ASEAN Leaders in November 2018.

Fulfillment of persons with psychosocial disabilities’ rights on election

On 24 August, Bawaslu facilitated a press conference at their media center on the right of persons with psycho social disabilities to participate in elections. AGENDA Disability Rights Advisor Tolhas Damanik was one of the speakers alongside the Chairman of Bawaslu, the Chairwoman of the Indonesian Mental Health Association and a representative from the Association of Clinical Mental Health Practitioners. Important points highlighted in the press conference were:

  1. During the local elections on 2017 and 2018, persons with psychosocial disabilities who lived in mental health institutions and hospitals were not able to vote because they were not registered by election officers;
  2. Having psychosocial disabilities does not incapacitate a person from making personal decisions or voting. Only a small number of persons with psychosocial disabilities become incapable to do so during specific, temporary periods of time due to experiencing peak levels of mental illness;
  3. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) guarantees the rights of persons with disabilities, including persons with psychosocial disabilities, to participate in politics and elections;
  4. Bawaslu offered their commitment to monitor the election process to ensure that persons with psychosocial disabilities will be registered in the voter list for the 2019 general election.

ASEAN DPOs attended 7th Meeting of Task Force

On 6 July, all participants of the DPO Coordination Meeting hosted by AGENDA on July 5, received the opportunity to attend the seventh Meeting of the Task Force on Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Community. During the meeting, the ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF laid out its recommendations for the Enabling Master Plan to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

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