The Task Force on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community has concluded its third meeting on 22-23 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Leo Herrera-Lim, Chair of the AICHR and Representative of the Philippines to the AICHR and H.E. Dr. Mu’man Nuryana, Chair of SOMSWD and SOMSWD Focal Point of Indonesia.

The Meeting extensively discussed the outline of the Regional Action Plan on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN, taking into consideration the priority areas indicated in the Mobilisation Framework of ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2011-2020.

The Meeting was briefed by the Statistics Division of the ASEAN Secretariat on the existing data collection mechanism in ASEAN, taking into consideration the crucial role of disability disaggregated data for the promotion and protection of disability rights and the formulation of the regional action plan. The Task Force also met with a representative from ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) who emphasised the need for comprehensive representation of disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs) and the importance of monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the regional action plan.

The Meeting expressed its appreciation to AICHR Thailand for the excellent arrangements of the meeting.