Jakarta – An advocacy group has criticized a House of Representatives' early draft of the disability bill, demanding a revision because of what it deems to be a discriminatory approach.
The draft disability bill has been included in the 2015 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) to replace the current 1997 Disability Law that many consider ineffective and outdated.
"We consider the draft discriminatory because it focuses only on an approach to promote social welfare; in other words, it perceives disabled people as social problems," Fajri Nursyamsi from the Center of Law and Policy Study (PSHK) said on Thursday.
He demanded that the bill require the state to fulfill the rights of disabled people as part of human rights protection because Indonesia had ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through Law No. 19/2011 on CRPD ratification. The CRPD requires the state to honor, fulfill and protect the rights of disabled people.
Fajri also called on the House to refer to a bill drafted by the independent Disability Draft Bill Working Group that adopts a rights-based approach and ensures the protection of their rights.