NGO learns disability rights in regional forum
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE non-profit organisation Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) attended a regional forum to discuss the promotion of rights for persons with disabilities.
MKM Vice President 1 Nur Judy Abdullah said the first China-ASEAN Disability Forum in Guangxi provided an overview of how China and ASEAN member countries help promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
Giving an example in a statement, she said the exhibition on assistive devices developed by China was full of interesting gadgets that enable people with mixed disabilities in different age groups enhance their speech, vision, hearing and mobility.
“We have clients with physical disabilities who live alone with no caregiver, and assistive devices would be an asset to them,” she added.
The statement said MKM has served a number of clients with disabilities, including providing them with wheelchairs, hospital beds and ripple mattresses to assist them with their welfare needs.
It added the MKM Legal Clinic has received clients with disabilities requesting legal advice and assistance.
The forum, attended by 200 participants from government and non-government associations in China and ASEAN, was among the activities held during the 12th China-ASEAN Expo.
Themed ‘Equal Access and Inclusive Development’, the forum was jointly organised by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat.
It was held to build a high-level platform for the exchange of ideas on disability between China and ASEAN, and to facilitate cooperation and exchanges in rehabilitation, education, employment, and social protection.
An estimated 650 million people with disabilities live in the Asia-Pacific region, with China having the largest number of disabled persons in the world at 85 million.
ASEAN Secretariat Deputy Secretary General Dr AKP Mochtan said there are 60 million persons with disabilities living in ASEAN member countries.
Dr Mochtan said with the establishment of the ASEAN Community 2015, persons with disabilities’ potential contribution can be enhanced by looking after their well-being and livelihood through equitable access of human development, social welfare and justice as stipulated in the ASEAN Charter.
The majority of ASEAN member countries had ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and are in the process of fully harmonising their domestic legislation, the statement added.
The Brunei Times