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

The 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights, took place on 8-10 November 2016 in Beijing, China, on the theme “Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights”.

The 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights addressed the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, especially with regards to the situation in ASEM member countries and regionally in Asia and Europe. The Seminar begun with an opening plenary on 8 November 2016 including introductory messages and keynote speeches.

The second day was devoted to the four working groups discussions, each focusing on one of the following topics:

WG 1 -  Participation in political and cultural life

WG 2 -  Social and economic inclusion

WG 3 -  Legal status, justice and remedy

WG 4 -  National implementation and international cooperation

The closing plenary, which took place on the third day of the seminar, featured the reports from the working groups.

The 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights brought together more than 120 participants, including senior government officials, organisations representing persons with disabilities and disability rights experts from across Asia and Europe. The Seminar provided a unique platform for stakeholders active at the national, regional and international level to discuss the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities from a human rights-based approach to the topic.