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Volume II of the Labour Laws and Practices in ASEAN

"A Comparative Study on Gender Equality, Employment of Persons with Disabilities, Youth Employment and Social Dialogue"

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More than 3,000 delegates from civil society, peoples’ and grassroots organizations and individuals in Myanmar, the ASEAN region and beyond, jointly discussed a wide range of thematic and systematic issues currently confronting the ASEAN people at the ACSC/APF 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar from 21st to 23rd March 2014. We urge the ASEAN leaders of the 24th ASEAN Summit to consider the following statement and recommendations made with a view to ensuring peace, plurality, justice, collaboration, and sustainable and gender responsive development in the region, particularly to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the people of ASEAN.

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Statement: the 3rd ASEAN Disability Forum

11th -12th December 2013, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

ASEAN Disability Conference in Brunei

We, the participants of the Regional Conference on Raising Awareness of the 3rd ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) – A platform of engagement for DPOs and multi-stakeholders to promote and implement the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities, from 11th-12th December 2013, in Bandar Seri Begawan, organized by Brunei Darussalam Disabled People’s Organization in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Appreciate the commitment of the Government of Brunei Darussalam in particular the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in ensuring the protection and the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Follow up the establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015 made up of the three pillars namely the Political-Security Community, the Economic Community and the Socio-Cultural Community as laid down in the Siam Reap Declaration (2012).

Refer and support the UNESCAP Incheon strategy “Make the Right Real” in The New Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022).

Express great appreciation to the ASEAN Member states for the successful development of the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2011-2020).

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ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF), Brunei Darussalam, 10th – 12th December 2013

Background on ASEAN and Disability

ADF held in Siem Riep in 2012The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, is now an influential political and economic power that has about 600 million population and 1,500 billion US dollar in GDP. On the other hand, there are about 60 million citizens with disabilities living in this region, according to the UN estimation. Though ASEAN is an economically emerging region, most of this population is still marginalized from the mainstream of society. Persons with disabilities, especially those requiring intensive support, are denied to have access to their communities, but are cared solely by their family members at home or isolated in residential institutions life-long. There are a majority of causes of disabilities including congenital disorder, disease, traumas of war, working accident, and others. Especially, in Indochinese countries, the rate of disabilities caused by war is relatively high due to bomb, and the Agent Orange. After the war, bombs have lied under the ground, and still injured people. Together with Agent Dioxin, they all affect disabled life generation after generations. Currently, they are the most vulnerable people of global concerns and require global support. In December 2008, ASEAN Charter came into force. Its Article 1 declares that one of the purposes of ASEAN is "to promote a people-oriented ASEAN in which all sectors of society are encouraged to participate in, and benefit from, the process of ASEAN integration and community building." ASEAN Charter also emphasizes its purpose of providing peoples of ASEAN "with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice." Disability sector in ASEAN with 60 million population is also the one which shall be encouraged and provided with equitable access though the ASEAN mechanism. Download the General Information of ADF 2013

Report Civil Society Committee for Organizing ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples' Forum 2012 14-16 November 2012 at Phnom Penh, Cambodia

"ASEAN People's Assembly grassroots" or "(ASEAN Grassroots People's Assembly - AGPA)" organized by the "Cambodia Cross-Sector Network" will be held for four days from Tuesday. To the summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) or the ASEAN and the ASEAN People's Assembly, as part of a grass roots movement by the people in the Southeast Asian region. To participate in the formulation of government policy.

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