Dominica has moved one step further in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after government approved the request to have it ratified.
President of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), Michael Murphy, said the government sent a formal notification to the DAPD on 20th June 2012 of their approval for ratification.
He made the announcement at the 28th Annual General Meeting of the DAPD on Monday morning.
“We have been campaigning for government to ratify our convention and the optional protocol. During the past few months we embarked on a campaign to ensure that the entire population was educated on the subject of disability and creating a barrier free society for all,” Murphy said.
He thanked the Government of Dominica for approving their request.
Murphy also stated that equal opportunities for persons with disabilities are one of the main benefits of the ratification. “The convention deals with access to justice, the physical environment and political participation, whatever the majority of people have access to should be accorded to persons with disabilities,” he said.
Murphy added that the association is prepared to move to the next level and advocate for the implementation and monitoring of the ratification of the convention since it has not yet been ratified officially.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
The Convention came into force on May 3, 2008.
As of August 2012, it has 153 signatories and 119 parties.