DPI/AP NEWSLETTER April 2012

April 18, 2012

Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific (DPI/AP)

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Content for April 2012

  1. Message from the Editor
  2. Developments in the field of disability
  • Biennial Conference 2013
  • Disability rights: Betrayal in Geneva
  • Active Independence
  • Arts Access Australia
  • Global Report on Women Human Rights Defenders
  • Summer Institute on Business and Human Rights
  • Indonesia to Ratify UN’s Convention on Migrant Rights
  • Good and bad news from the 20th ASEAN Summit
  • Press Release of the Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)
  • Vietnamese deputy foreign minister to become ASEAN general secretary 
  • Project proposal writing skills
  1. Developments relating to social justice 
  1. News from around the world

 

Dear supporters and readers,

Greetings from Disabled Peoples’ International Asia Pacific (DPI/AP). This is an email update featuring developments in the field of disability, developments relating to social justice and news from around the world. 

 

Message from the Editor,

This time I’d like to share with you the pictures from the ASEAN Disability Forum in Cambodia which occurred from 28-31 March 2012. Please have a look at our facebook site and follow link or check out the first day follow link. The ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) is a platform of engagement for DPOs and multi-stakeholders to promote and implement the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities. The theme was: “Accelerating the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Action for the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2011-2020).

SAARC & Human Rights published a study: Looking Back & Ways Forward. The purpose of this publication is to serve as a baseline study of human rights situations in South Asia in relation to the functions of SAARC as a regional grouping, please follow link for more information.

The Building Bridges for Better Spending project (a new project of the Results for Development Institute and the Bandung Institute of Governance Studies and funded by the United States Agency for International Development) is pleased to announce the opening of a new Request for Proposals for civil society organization partners in Southeast Asia. Application to the project is open to non-government organizations from target countries in Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste). You can download directly from the Building Bridges project web page: http://www.resultsfordevelopment.org/focus-areas/building-bridges-better-spending-southeast-asia. Proposals for this Grant Window will be accepted until 20 April 2012.

 

A) Developments in the field of disability

  1. Biennial Conference 2013

Call for Presentations is NOW OPEN! The South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment will be held from 13-18 January 2013, Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland. Please see the attached flyer for further information.

 

  1. Disability rights: Betrayal in Geneva

In Geneva three weeks ago, the Philippines was the only country that took exception to a United Nations resolution to protect persons with disabilities (PWDs) from discrimination. This is a shameful moment for a country that so prides itself as the progenitor of People Power as a mode of fighting for human rights, please read article.

 

  1. Arts Access Australia

Arts Access Australia and DADAA are conducting a survey that is looking at arts sector employment for people with disability in Australia. The survey aims to measure current levels of employment for people with disability as artists and as employees of arts organisations. Survey results will be used to create a range of resources to help increase employment rates in the future. If you are an arts organisation, click on this link to complete the relevant survey: https://www.research.net/s/artsemploymentculturalorganisations.

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or employee of an arts organisation who also has a disability, click on the link below to complete the relevant survey: https://www.research.net/s/artsemployementpeoplewithdisability.

 

  1. Active Independence

Active Independence is a specialised training organisation designed to train service users with disabilities in areas of personal growth, life skills, career choices and employment.  Through education it seeks to empower people with disabilities to live exciting, active and fulfilled lives within their communities. For more information and their training opportunities, please follow link.

 

B) Developments relating to social justice

  1. Global Report on Women Human Rights Defenders

This is an information that the Global Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders is out. This is published by the International Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders, of which FORUM-ASIA is a member of the coalition and contributed to the case studies. You can download the publication at http://www.forum-asia.org/?p=12169.

 

  1. Summer Institute on Business and Human Rights

Please take note of the attached application form and related details for the forthcoming Summer Institute on Business and Human Rights, to be held in Singapore from July 16 to 26, 2012. The Summer Institute is a regionally based workshop conceptualized by the East-West Center (EWC) and the U.C. Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center (WCSC) and held in partnership with organizations in Southeast Asia to consider key international humanitarian law and human rights issues, past and present, facing the region. Please visit also: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/research/asian-international-justice-initiative/.

 

  1. Indonesia to Ratify UN’s Convention on Migrant Rights

Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar announced that Indonesia will ratify the UN convention protecting migrant workers within two years, please read more.

 

  1. Good and bad news from the 20th ASEAN Summit

The 20th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, just ended with both good and bad news, please

follow link.

 

  1. Press Release of the Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the Fourth Meeting of AICHR on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) from 9 – 11 April 2012 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Chet Chealy, Member of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee, the Alternate Representative of Cambodia to AICHR. Please read full article.

 

  1. Vietnamese deputy foreign minister to become ASEAN general secretary 

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Luong Minh is expected to become general secretary of the ASEAN bloc (Association for South East Asian Nations) beginning next year, please read more.

 

  1. Project proposal writing skills

Social Development Training Center (SDTC) would like to announce the training course on "Project Proposal Writing Skills" occurred from 02 - 05 May, 2012 in Hanoi. Please find document attached.

 

News from around the world

  • Now the blind and deaf can ‘read' and send SMS. The Hindu, 16 April 2012, please follow link.
  • Helping them rediscover life. The Times Of India, 16 April 2012, please follow link.
  • Disable International say they have a solution to Sierra Leone’s disability issues. Sierra Express Media, 12 April 2012, please follow link.
  • UN rights chief urges Barbados to address domestic violence and discrimination. UN News Center, 5 April 2012, please follow link.
  • From painful memories to a courageous reward. Island Sun, 4 April 2012, please follow link.
  • Recovery projects benefit over six mln disabled people. People’s Daily Online, 1 April 2012, please follow link.
  • Establishing a sub-centre of Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA). Samoa observer, 27 March 2012, please follow link.
  • New American Sign Language Videos will Help Deaf, Hard of Hearing Prepare for Disasters. Illinois Government News Network, 15 March 2012, please follow link.
  • The fashion label for people, not disabilities. The Telegraph, 12 March 2012, please follow link.

 

Ms. Tina Schaarschmidt
Information Support

 

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Thank you for reading and until next time.

Best regards, Tina Schaarschmidt and the DPI-AP team.

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