ASEAN to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities
July 28, 2016 - CHIANG MAI, 27 July 2016 - The 2nd Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community was held on 29 June to 1 July in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This initiative seeks to implement the the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 as well as the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration in mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities across the three pillars of ASEAN . It is also timely since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has just become the third common International Human Rights Treaty to ASEAN, having been ratified by all 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS).

This dialogue builds upon the results of the first regional dialogue held in 2015. It focused on issues of health, education and employment affecting persons with disabilities. Representatives and experts from the AICHR and relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies, ASEAN Secretariat, Ministries dealing with the issue of persons with disabilities from AMS, UN/International Organizations, member of the CRPD Committee, Disabled People’s Organsations (DPOs) of all 10 AMS and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) participated. It is noteworthy that all participants actively contributed in sharing their experiences, challenges and recommendations.