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RI’s disabled fight to remove political, rights barriers

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, November 12 2012   /  10:28 am

Indonesia is arguably one of the ASEAN countries with a good record in the implementation of political rights for its disabled citizens, as shown to some extent when it elected the late Abdurrahman Wahid, who was visually impaired, as president. The nation, however, still has a lot of homework to empower the disabled.

Only last year, Indonesia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), while it is also committed to ratifying the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, expected to be adopted at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia, Nov. 18-20.

“Now is the time to create synergy between the central government and local administrations, between ministries and with other stakeholders to concretely implement the ratified convention for wider access in civil and political life for persons with disabilities,” said Hasan Kleib, the Foreign Mini...