Vietnam to Study Legal Framework on Disability in Japan
In May 2008, VNAH coordinated and arranged funding for a delegation of six members of the National Law on Disability drafting committee to participate in a study visit to Japan. The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs; the Ministry of Finance; and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs). The purpose of the visit was to explore Japanese experiences and practices in the development and enforcement of disability-related policies, particularly in training, employment, and social welfare systems for people with disabilities.
The drafters met with the Cabinet Office and government organizations as well as non-governmental organizations and Japanese DPOs, all of which were key contributors to the formation, monitoring, and enforcement of Japan’s legal framework on people with disabilities. As a result of the study visit, the drafting team members expressed commitment to having the National Law on Disability for Vietnam address an inclusive, barrier-free and right-based society for Vietnamese with disabilities within the legal framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons. VNAH will continue to provide technical assistance and support to ensure passage of a law on disability in Vietnam.
The study visit was organized by VNAH in cooperation with the Japan National Assembly of Disabled People’s International (DPI-Japan) with funding from the Nippon Foundation.