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Disability Rights in the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

On Monday, 3 December 2018, Komnas HAM convened with researchers from the Indonesian Centre for Law and Policy Studies (PSHK) to the analytical framework linking SDGs and the rights of a person with disabilities for effective monitoring and advocacy in Indonesia.

The meeting was attended by Sandra Moniaga, Beka Hapsara, Mimin Dwi Hartono of Komnas HAM, and Yossa, and Fajri of the PSHK.

The meeting was ushered by a presentation by the PSHK researchers who highlighted that “women and children with disabilities have been identified as the group that is most vulnerable to human rights violations”. Additionally, “as it stands, it has been difficult to gather data that accurately depicts the situation in Indonesia with regards to persons with disability.”

The desk research is supported by UNESCO in which cooperated with Komnas HAM to develop monitoring and analytical tools on SDGs which in available online in Komnas HAM's website.

In response to the presentation, Beka explained that “the situation in Indonesia is still in early stages of development. Komnas HAM has made efforts to speak to various government institutions such as the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs but disability rights are still in early development in terms of public awareness”. Additionally, Beka and Sandra both suggested that Indonesia must reach a consensus with regards to the key indicators which would allow analysts to measure effective governance.

Concluding the meeting, Komnas HAM expressed assurance that its collaboration with partners such as UNESCO will continue to push for positive development and progress. Acknowledgment and effective access to disability rights will be one of the key elements that will help Indonesia achieve the successful implementation of SDGs by 2030. (Jeff)

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