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Raiwalui: Fair Go For Our Disabled

People living with disability in Fiji must be given fair and equal opportunity  says acting director for Infrastructure and Transport Savenaca Raiwalui. Mr Raiwalui was referring to Article 9 of
21 May 2016 16:26
Raiwalui: Fair Go For Our Disabled
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr Maciusele Tuicakau making submissions with Acting Director, Health Services, Dr Luisa Cikamatama(left) and Physiotherapist, Raksha Deo during the Standing Committee on Foreig Affairs and Defence meeting in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

People living with disability in Fiji must be given fair and equal opportunity  says acting director for Infrastructure and Transport Savenaca Raiwalui.

Mr Raiwalui was referring to Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Article 9 of the convention states that States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas.

This was part of the ministry’s submission on the convention during the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence meeting in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Raiwalui said the convention should be ratified without reservations.

“Fiji should ratify this convention because they deserve recognition of their rights; need to be given equal opportunities in terms of accessibility, education, health system; to allow them to better contribute to the development of the country,” he said.

Mr Raiwalui said the ministry’s mission was service delivery that was accessible to all.

“The need to upgrade national policies to incorporate the requirements of the convention; strengthening the implementation of the above in respective sectors in the ministry that is transport, building, energy and water,” he said.

Mr Raiwalui said the convention would be incorporated and domesticated into local legislations.

“There is no local legislation that contains the requirement of the convention which mainly look at the rights of person with disabilities; in terms of building accessibility the ministry already has this provision in building code which is the allowance of the accessibilities in facilities and strengthen compliance to penalty clauses that are in place,” he said.

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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