Government to speed up work for rights for disabled

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio greets U Aung Ko Myint, Chairman of Myanmar Federation on Persons with Disabilities. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio greets U Aung Ko Myint, Chairman of Myanmar Federation on Persons with Disabilities. Photo: MNA

The National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD) held a meeting yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw, with a commitment for promoting rights for the disabled in Myanmar.
“Creating job opportunities for the disabled is very important so that they can live with dignity and independence,” said Vice President U Henry Van Thio in his capacity as the chairman of the committee, in a message delivered at the committee’s first meeting yesterday morning at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw.
People with disabilities are still facing difficulties and challenges in obtaining equal rights in the same way as other nationals, the Vice President said.
The capabilities and abilities of people with disabilities needs to be recognised and programmes to increase the capability and ability of people with disabilities according to work types need to be conducted.
The meeting was also attended by NCRPD Vice Chairman Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye and U Aung Ko Myint, committee members, Deputy Ministers, Myanmar Human Rights Commission Vice Chairman, States and Regions ministers for social affairs, Permanent Secretaries, Directors General, officials from (Myanmar) Federation on Persons with Disabilities and officials from affiliate associations on disabilities.
At the meeting, the Vice President said there were 2.3 million people with disabilities in Myanmar, more than 4.6 per cent of the population. The NCRPD was formed on 14 September with Union Government order no. 70.
Renovating and constructing basic infrastructures to create reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities, repairing and maintaining classroom desks, providing teaching aids depending upon the type of disability and other physical products, providing teachers who know the Braille writing system and sign language and understanding people with disabilities are lacking, he said.
Works sites that are appropriate for people with disabilities need to be created and necessary technical and other supports need to be provided”, U Henry Van Thio said.
Human rights as well as other rights of people with disabilities such as participating in politics and people’s affairs, access to health care, businesses, culture, information, living independently in the society, equality and development in all sectors need to be provided, he added.
In recognition of the rights of the people with disabilities, Myanmar became a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 7 December 2011 and enacted the Disability Rights Law on 5 June 2015 under the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. (30). It was followed by the forming of the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The role of NCRPD is important for people with disabilities to obtain the full rights included in the Disability Rights Law. The national committee will protect and promote the life of the people with disabilities, implement provisions included in the Disability Rights Law, set national level policies and guidelines, obtain and conduct works with the approval of the Union Government, cooperate and coordinate with relevant ministries, State and Regional governments, Nay Pyi Taw Council, municipal committees according to set policies and guidelines, cooperate and observe the works related to disabilities conducted by non-government social organizations, business entities, disability associations, welfare organizations interested in works for people with disabilities, news, information, communication and technology organizations and individuals.
“Implementing the work of obtaining rights for people with disabilities is not to be thought of as related only to a single department or a single organization. Relevant organizations from each sector need to take up their responsibilities”, the Vice President said.
“All need to work together for the development of people with disabilities. The rights and requirements of the people with disabilities are to be understood and included in the new programs. People with disabilities need to participate and work together with other people with disabilities”.
Disabilities do not affect the development of a human society. Ignoring or leaving out the affairs related to disabilities affect and hinder the sustainable development goals of the human society. Thus, all are urged to work together for people with disabilities to provide them with equal rights and develop their rights, said the Vice President.
Next, the NCRPD Vice Chairman Dr. Win Myat Aye explained matters of the rights of the people with disabilities.
Afterwards, committee member Director General Dr. San San Aye discussed the rehabilitation and development work programmes for people with disabilities and the future works of the national committee.
Committee Vice Chairman and Myanmar Federation on Persons with Disabilities chairman U Aung Ko Myint then explained the rights of people with disabilities.—Myanmar News Agency

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