DPI e-update - 18 January 2012

January 19, 2012


E-news for Week ending 20 January 2012

Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org.

DPI is saddened to announce the death on 7 January 2012 of John McCarthy, the founder of the mental health lobby group "Mad Pride."   John was a very passionate advocate who campaigned for the human rights of persons who experience mental illness. Our thoughts are with his family.

DPI is also saddened by the death of Hernando Pradilla Cobos on 6 January 2012. Hernando was a DPI World Council Member, Latin American Region, Colombia. His contributions to the disability movement will be missed.

Human Rights

The advance edited version of the study on Article 29 by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is now available, at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/19session/reports.htm


United Nations Stakeholders Meeting on Asian Pacific Decade

The Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a Regional Stakeholder Consultation for the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012, from 14 to 16 December 2011 in Bangkok. The objectives of this Consultation were:  

  • To review the key issues identified by governments and civil society as contained in the responses to surveys conducted by the secretariat on the implementation of the Second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012. 
  • To seek the inputs and views of stakeholders on the proposed outcome document for the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012 to be held at Incheon, Republic of Korea from 29 October to 2 November 2012 .

The Consultation was attended by representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities, development organizations, United Nations entities, and other key stakeholders. Read in full by following links at   http://unescapsdd.org/disability/event/regional-stakeholder-consultation-high-level-intergovernmental-meeting-final-review


India News

Prasanna Kumar Pincha, who is blind, has been appointed as Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities for the first time in the country.

Pincha took charge as the Chief Commissioner on December 28. A disability rights activist, Pincha had served as founder principal of Government Institute for the Blind in Assam's Jorhat.


Call for Proposals

The special issue of Al-Raida on Women and Disability in the Arab World is calling for papers addressing women's experiences of disability in the Arab region. It is prompted by ongoing concern that the voices of disabled women in the Arab world, their allies and their representative organizations are seldom heard. For more information please email the editors at al-raida@lau.edu.lb

To read more on Al-Raida, go to



Sexuality and Human Rights Institute India

CREA is an international, feminist, human rights organization based in New Delhi. It is holding a Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice in Khandala, I ndia, 6-12 April 2012. Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fiction, and films. Topics include:

  • Sexuality theory
  • Sexuality and human rights
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Sexuality and legal systems
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Representation of sexuality
  • Sexual diversities and rights
  • Sexuality and disability
  • Sexual rights advocacy
  • Case studies of programme interventions

More information is available by following links at http://web.creaworld.org/home.asp


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