Indonesia Ratifies UN Convention on Rights of PWDs
On 18 October 2011 at 11:45am Jakarta time, the Government of Indonesia and its National Parliament ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The ratification signifies a landmark step forward to improving the welfare and human rights of persons with disabilities. Indonesia signed the CRPD on 30 March 2007, the ninth country of 153 signatories to the Convention thus far, according to the United Nations Enable Web site. Indonesia is now the 107th country to ratify the CRPD.
In a 19 October 2011 Jakarta Post article entitled RI ratifies UN convention on rights of persons with disabilities, deputy chairman of Commission VIII overseeing religious and social affairs Chairunnisa stated that Indonesia’s ratification of the CRPD “represented a new dawn for national law reform, especially on fulfilling the rights of persons with disabilities. She said that there were three important things the public should understand regarding the passing of the convention into law. ‘First, there should be a legal certainty to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities, as regulated in the law. Second, there should be planning on all aspects, from human resources to facilities to budget allocation to implement the law. Last, a preparedness of all stakeholders to implement the law.’”
According to the United Nations, there are more than one billion people worldwide living with a disability. The Asia Pacific region has one of the world’s highest proportions of persons with disabilities, estimated at 400 million by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) congratulates Indonesia and persons with disabilities worldwide on this key achievement.