GIS - 22 January, 2019: The Disability Bill, aiming at promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities as well as eliminating discrimination against them, will be presented at the National Assembly in the near future.
The statement was made by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms, Mr Maneesh Gobin, during a talk on “Disability and Human Rights”held on 18 January 2019 at the Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port-Louis.
Minister Gobin underlined that Government is striving for an equitable society that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities. He emphasised that these people should always be given due attention and respect so that they fully participate in the socio-economic development of the country.
The object of the Bill, he said, is to remove any form of discrimination on the basis of disability and promote inclusion at all levels while adding that it will incorporate the provisions of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
The talk focusing on “Disability and Human Rights” was delivered by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services of South Africa, Mr Tshililo Michael Masutha. He was on a two-day visit in Mauritius to share his own experiences being himself visually impaired. Minister Masutha dwelt on the need for social inclusion and equal opportunities for people with disabilities and also expressed hope for these people to achieve success in various fields.
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