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Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia

Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN

Edited by Derrick L. Cogburn and Tina Kempin Reuter - Contributions by Ruzita Mohd. Amin; Paula Appelhans; Derrick L. Cogburn; John Paul Cruz; Robert Dinerstein; Khy Huy; Irwanto; Rohana Binti Jani; Tina Kempin Reuter; Naparat Kranrattanasuit; Low Jarn May; Giang Phan; Issavara Sirirungruang; Nantanoot Suwannawut; Slamet Thohari; Meng Ee Wong and Norhayati Zakaria

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This book evaluates the national implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in ASEAN. Working with country-specific research teams, the contributors compiled detailed case-studies of CRPD implementation in each country in ASEAN. This book presents a detailed overview of the problem, the relevant literature, and the conceptual framework, and then it explores the implementation of the CRPD in each of the ten countries in Southeast Asia. Details include the factors that influenced each country to ratify the CRPD, the focal point structure of implementation, the independent mechanism established to monitor the implementation, and the civil society organizations involved.

This book also evaluates the implications of CRPD implementation for human rights and development in ASEAN, including the degree of institutionalized support for persons with disabilities, the development objectives of the CRPD against the strategic objectives of the ASEAN economic community and the broader ASEAN community, and the way these developments compare with those in other countries and regions.

Working with country-specific research teams, the editors compiled detailed case-studies of CRPD implementation on each country in ASEAN. This book presents a detailed overview of the problem and the relevant literature. The contributors also offer conclusions on the research and national and ASEAN-level recommendations for moving forward.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 356Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4985-2691-3 • Hardback • March 2017 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
978-1-4985-2692-0 • eBook • March 2017 • $104.00 • (£70.00)
Derrick L. Cogburn is associate professor in the School of International Service at American University.

Tina Kempin Reuter is director of the Institute for Human Rights and associate professor of human rights, peace studies, and international politics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Part I: Introduction and Conceptual Framework
Chapter 1: The “Grand Challenge” of Disability and Development in ASEAN, by Derrick L. Cogburn
Chapter 2: Conceptual Foundations of CRPD Implementation: Theory, Data and Methods, by Derrick L. Cogburn
Part II. Country Case Studies Implementing the CRPD in ASEAN
Chapter 3: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in the Philippines, by John Paul Cruz
Chapter 4: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Thailand, by Naparat Kranrattanasuit, Issavara Sirirungruang, Nantanoot Suwannawut
Chapter 5: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Lao PDR, by Paula Appelhans
Chapter 6: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in the Malaysia, by Ruzita Mohd Amin, Rohana Jani, and Norhayati Zakaria
Chapter 7: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Indonesia, by Irwanto and Slamet Thohari
Chapter 8: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Myanmar, by Paula Appelhans
Chapter 9: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Cambodia, by Khy Huy
Chapter 10: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Singapore, by Meng Ee Wong, May Low, and Paula Appelhans
Chapter 11: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Vietnam, by Giang Phan
Chapter 12: Understanding National Implementation of the CRPD in Brunei, by Khy Huy
Part III. Meta-Analyses, Regional Implications and Recommendations
Chapter 13: Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Cross-Case Comparative Analysis of CRPD Implementation in ASEAN, by Derrick L. Cogburn
Chapter 14: CRPD Implementation in ASEAN: Implications for Human Rights, by Tina Kempin Reuter
Chapter 15: Global Legal Norm Diffusion and CRPD Implementation in ASEAN, by Robert Dinerstein
Chapter 16: Conclusions and Recommendations to “Make the Right Real” in Southeast Asia, by Tina Kempin Reuter and Derrick L. Cogburn
Appendix A: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Appendix B: Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
About the Contributors
Grand achievement, breaking new ground in the ASEAN Region, and in the global quest for a barrier-free and inclusive world dedicated to communications accessibility for all. A compelling resource for leaders with and without disabilities in the field of public policy.
Peter D. Blanck, Syracuse University


This exciting project provides crucial and detailed information on national level implementation of disability rights in the ASEAN region. Arriving at the most timely juncture of the CRPD having celebrated its tenth anniversary and the SDGs coming into operation, this volume can help inform DPOs, advocates, and policymakers on best practices and strategies for making disability human rights real in their own communities.
Michael Ashley Stein, Harvard University


This book is both a treasure trove of information and an inspiration. When Eleanor Roosevelt said human rights begin in small places she meant it. The UN disability treaty innovates by require States to internalize its norms and to take the next step of adopting an effective domestic institutional architecture for change involving Governments, National Human Rights Institutions and civil society. The great merit of this collection of essays is that it tracks how the ASEAN States are steadily making the UN CRPD the foundation of their domestic disability policies. It should interest not just disability scholars and activists but also anyone interested in how international law can socialize States toward right behavior.
Gerard Quinn, National University of Ireland


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