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1st Annual Human Rights Training on Human Rights & Persons with Disabilities

Annual Human Rights Training: "Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities"

The Indonesia Disabled People's Association (Perkumpulan Penyandang Disabilitas Indonesia/PPDI) in collaboration with the MAHKOTA Program (Indonesia-Australia Partnership Towards a Strong and Prosperous Indonesian Society) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (MoFA-RI) hosted the 1st Annual Human Rights Training organised by ASEF on the theme, "Human Rights & Persons with Disabilities" on 24–27 July 2017, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Annual Human Rights Training is a newly established component under the framework of the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights series. Introduced to support the series' overall objective of promoting mutual understanding and cooperation on human rights issues in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), it aims to improve the capacity of ASEM Partners to promote human rights in their work.

Over 30 participants attended the training designed by the European Network on Independent Living, and were given the opportunity for exchange and learning from experience during the group activities. Led by a mix of Asian and European disability experts with professional experience in the area of disability rights and international human rights law, the trainers conducted capacity-building sessions for government officials, representatives from disabled people's organisations (DPOs), and regional and international organisations.

As contribution to enhancing ASEM cooperation on disability issues, the 1st Annual Human Rights Training included several sessions with special focus on the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

It was organised as a follow-up to the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights on "Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights" on 8-10 November in Beijing, China.

Building on the positive outcome of the initial event, ASEF will organise the 2nd Human Rights Training organised under the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights series on 6-9 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria on the theme, "Human Rights & Children".