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Persons with Disabilities & Human Rights

16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: "Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights"

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the “United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will organise the upcoming 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights, 8-10 November 2016 in Beijing, China. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation.

More than 120 participants, including senior government officials, organisations representing persons with disabilities, and disability rights experts from across Asia and Europe will participate in this Seminar.  It will be a unique platform for stakeholders active at the national, regional and international levels to discuss the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.

The 3-day Seminar will have 4 working groups, addressing key aspects of the topic: Participation in Political and Cultural Life; Social and Economic Inclusion; Legal Status, Justice and Remedy; and National Implementation and International Cooperation.

The rapporteurs, Ms LI Xiaomei, Deputy-Director General of the International Department of China Disabled Persons’ Federation, and Prof. Gerard QUINN, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy of NUI Galway, will gather key messages, which will be later shared with ASEM governments and civil society members.

The Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights series is organised by ASEF, the Swedish Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.