There are not enough provisions in the constitution to protect disabled people in Dominica.
This is the observation being made by Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons Living with Disabilities (DAPD).
Nathalie Murphy told a press conference here recently that access to justice is becoming a problem for the disabled movement here.
“There are disabled people here who are being abused by members of their family and society and have no access to justice,” she said.
Murphy said perpetrators of mistreatment, sexual and physical abuse against the elderly have not been brought to justice because the laws fail to make the necessary provisions.
“Only last week, I had a call from someone in one of the communities, seeking our intervention in getting sign language interpretation for a young woman who has been constantly abused. The police cannot do anything about it because they cannot understand what the young woman was saying,” she explained.
She is hoping that now the Convention on the Rights of Persons Living with Disabilities has been ratified, some attention will be given to address the problem.