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President Joko Widodo: Human Rights-Based Protection for People with Disability

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (kemsos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has appealed to everyone that the 2020 International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPWD) Commemoration should be used as a momentum to emphasize concern and strengthen solidarity in laying a strong foundation for the protection of persons with disabilities from a caricative and charity-based paradigm to a human rights-based paradigm.

"We want to continuously improve equality, opportunity, and accessibility for persons with disabilities, ensure access to education, access to health, and access to jobs for persons with disabilities, and build accessible infrastructure to create a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities," the President said during the commemoration of International Day for People with Disabilities 2020 which took place virtually in Jakarta, on Thursday (12/03/2020).

In his speech, the President conveyed that there have been many Government Regulations and Presidential Regulations that have been enacted relating to efforts to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. In 2019, two government regulations were signed, namely the Government Regulation on the Implementation of Social Welfare for PWD, and the Presidential Regulation on the Planning for Implementation and Evaluation of Respect, Protection and Fulfillment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In 2020, the President has set four government regulations. These regulations are Government Regulation on Adequate Accommodation for Students with Disabilities, Government Regulation on Adequate Accommodation in Judicial Processes, Government Regulation on Accessibility to Settlements, Public Services, and Disaster Protection for Persons with Disabilities, as well as Government Regulation on Manpower for Disability Services Unit.

"Apart from that, the two Presidential Regulations that I have signed are the Presidential Decree on Requirements and Procedures for Awarding the Fulfillment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Presidential Decree Number 68 Year 2020 on the National Commission for Disabilities," the President said.

The umbrella regulations, he continued, have been published a lot. However, the key is not solely in regulation, also but good regulations. A good plan is useless without seriousness in its implementation.

"The key is implementation. Our next task is to ensure that all policies can be implemented properly, are executed appropriately, and the benefits of persons with disabilities are felt," said the President.

He said the National Disability Commission (KND) has a very strategic role as a non-structural institution that is independent and reports directly to the President. The President hopes that KND will be an important milestone to accelerate the implementation of the big vision for people with disabilities.

"Not a single person with disabilities should be left behind from the various programs and services provided by the government," said the President.

The President continued that all ministries, agencies, and local governments must actively support, starting from the need to synchronize data on persons with disabilities nationally, involving persons with disabilities in the preparation of documents for national action plans and regional action plans, and their implementation monitored so that all action plans run effectively and benefit from them. persons with disabilities.

IDPWD 2020 Commemoration

The activities carried out in commemoration of IDPWD 2020 include the launching of the website, the Disability Show and the Disability Award. This series of activities was held in an effort to improve disability services towards digitalization.

Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat said that for the first time in commemoration of IDPWD, persons with disabilities and the general public could witness various activities directly online.

"What's unique is that through the website, the website can also be a medium for people with disabilities to market their products/works, and access the marketplace more easily, wider, and faster. Visitors who like their works can also buy them right away," he said.

He is also grateful that the public's enthusiasm and enthusiasm is very good in welcoming new innovations in commemoration of IDPWD 2020. In the period from 18 November to 2 December 2020, the total number of website visitors has reached 8,442 visitors, a total of 626,325 pages opened, and total clicks on website pages reached 1,420,166 page clicks.

"We hope that the celebration of International Day for People With Disabilities 2020 can be enjoyed by all Indonesians, and will become a momentum to continue to build a more inclusive and more advanced Indonesia," said Harry.