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‘Data Collation Needed’

The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission yesterday said the collation of data for disabled people in Fiji was needed for the implementation of the convention. “The collection of data
20 May 2016 13:33
‘Data Collation Needed’
Ashwin Raj

The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission yesterday said the collation of data for disabled people in Fiji was needed for the implementation of the convention.

“The collection of data including the number of persons with disabilities in all its official statistics that will be instrumental in the formulation and implementation of policies in materialising the provisions of the Convention,” FHRA director Ashwin Raj said.

“Fiji should engage technical expertise in this area and pay particular attention to intersectional nature of violence and discrimination that person(s) with disabilities may be subjected to.”

Mr Raj was speaking during the sitting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence which was addressing the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities.

He said Parliament should consider ratifying the convention without reservations.

Mr Raj said obligations like the establishment of focal points such as Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

“These focal points must engage not only with government but equally importantly with Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) to assist in the monitoring, promotion and protection of the rights of persons living with disabilities as well as the review and formulation of polices and legislations that give effect to the Convention engendering greater participation of persons living with disabilities,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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