GIS - Feb 24, 2012: A Validation Workshop on State Report on the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held yesterday at the Recreational Centre, Pointe aux Sables in the presence of the Acting Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs. Mireille Martin, and other stakeholders.
The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
One of the implications of the ratification of the Convention is that Mauritius, as a State Party and respectful of its international commitments, has to submit its initial State Report to the UN Committee by March 2012.
In her speech, Mrs. Martin underlined that Mauritius proved its commitment to the cause of persons with disabilities, by being one of the first countries to sign this Convention on 25th September 2007.
She also recalled that in the wake of the Convention, the Ministry came up with a Policy Paper and Plan of Action on Disability, in 2007, following consultations with representatives of NGOs, civil society and faith-based organizations as well as other stakeholders including the private sector and parastatal bodies. The policy paper served as a road map for actions to be taken in favour of persons with disabilities in the fields of education, training, employment, health, awareness-raising, accessibility and human rights.
Following significant achievements in the above fields, Mauritius felt confident enough to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in January 2010, after the enactment of the Equal Opportunities Act in 2009, which expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and impairment, the Minister pointed out.
As a democratic country and a staunch believer of participatory approach, we want to take on board the views, suggestions and opinions of all stakeholders, hence this validation workshop, she added.