IDRM Tsunami Relief Report 2005

International Disability Rights Monitor:
Disability and early tsunami relief efforts in India, Indonesia and Thailand
Sep 2005

This is the fourth publication and the first special report of the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM) project. The project represents an ongoing collaboration between the Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR), the Office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disabilities, Disabled Peoples International (DPI), and many other international and national disability groups. The goals of the IDRM project are to promote the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society and to advance the use of international humanitarian law to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are respected and enforced.
The impetus for the project grew from the reality that policy makers, the human rights community, treaty monitoring bodies, and global leaders have access to very little information about the extent or the nature of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities. The IDRM project addresses this gap by documenting the problems, progress and barriers experienced by people with disabilities in a coordinated, systematic and sustained way.
The purpose of this special report is to provide information on the status of people with disabilities in countries devastated by the December 2004 tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. People with disabilities are among the most neglected populations worldwide and risk neglect in the wake of the tsunami disaster. This report highlights the on-going need of local, national, and international agencies to include people with disabilities in relief and reconstruction plans.