2018-12-10 | Promoting Citizenship
In its National Development Plan launched in 2017, the Kuwaiti government includes under the “human capital” pillar several projects for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. But a specific national strategy on disability is needed, to ensure that barriers against participation are lifted, and that a human rights-based approach to disability is adopted in all public policies.
2017-12-15 | Promoting Citizenship
Steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system and provide universal health coverage are a clear indication of the country's committment to the rights of persons with disabilities. But more efforts are required to include them in society, particularly in the areas of education and political participation. Legal capacity laws need to be reformed, and the country must move towards ending institutionalization and involuntary treatment.
2017-11-20 | Promoting Citizenship
France is a country with a strong tradition of republican and democratic values, resting on the ideals of ‘freedom, equality and fraternity’. Disability policies in France need to embrace these ideals to guarantee the full inclusion of all people with disabilities.
2017-05-29 | Promoting Citizenship
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
The Governmnet of the DPRK has taken positive steps on disability issues, but there is still a long way to go to realize the rights of persons with disabilities: “I hope that my visit will generate further opportunities for constructive engagement to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities in the DPRK.”
2016-09-07 | Promoting Citizenship
Zambia has a wide range of well-formulated and well-intended policies and strategies to realise the rights of persons with disabilities. But despite the adoption of important policies and legislation related to the rights of persons with disabilities, a more comprehensive effort in their implementation, enforcement and monitoring is needed.
2016-08-30 | Socioeconomic inclusion
"The one main issue permeating the whole society and influencing how persons with disabilities are perceived therein is the strong prevalence of the medical model of disability. This approach focuses on defining a person’s defect and separating those that are ‘healthy’ or ‘normal’ from those that are ‘unfit’ – resulting in exclusion and segregation, objectifying attitudes and forced interventions."
2015-11-27 | Re-thinking disability
Paraguay ratificó la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD) y su Protocolo Facultativo en 2008. Desde ese momento, el país ha logrado mejoras importantes para establecer un sistema de protección de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad acorde con el tratado.
To improve the situation of persons with disabilities, we need to work together. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in human rights and development work can only come about through shared understanding and cooperation.
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