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Country Background

Brunei Darussalam has a population of 423,000 (UNESCAP 2015), and UNESCAP report in 2015 showed that a total of 1.1%, there is an estimated minimum of 4,148 people with disabilities who live in Brunei Darussalam.


According to statistics the social part of the Department of Planning and Economic Development, as of July 2009, an estimated 406,200 residents of Brunei.


Approximately 66% of the population are Malays, 11 percent Chinese and 23 percent of the indigenous peoples. Approximately 1.06% of the total population are people with disabilities. Persons with disabilities in Brunei is entitled to their civil, political, social, economic and culture on an equal basis with others.


In the context of Brunei Darussalam, the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Houses of Brunei Darussalam has a strong commitment in ensuring matters relating to persons with disabilities are given high priority in the National Agenda. In 2008, the Committee on the Disabled and elderly have been established under the purview of the National Council on the issue - social issues.


The committee has formulated a national plan of action on people with disabilities and older people to promote and protect their rights and to increase the participation of people with disabilities and inclusive development in the community.

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