Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:33

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UN Envoy calls for implementation of duties in line with the Convention

Baghdad, 3 December 2013 – “Approximately 2.75 million Iraqis live with disabilities, many of them facing exclusion that profoundly affects their full participation in the society, impacting on their lives, their rights and their development,” a fact underlined by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, on International Day for Persons with Disabilities.


Welcoming the passing of the law on persons with disabilities in September 2013, Mr. Mladenov stressed that “it is of a crucial importance that duties imposed by the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, signed by Iraq in January 2012, be translated into practical and concrete actions to further the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the social, economic, cultural and political life of Iraq.”  


“That includes their political and electoral rights; the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities; and the rights of persons with physical disabilities, who still suffer lack of access to suitable medical care, services or education,” the UN Envoy added. 


“With national legislative elections on the horizon, making the voices of citizens living with disabilities count on voting day is also crucial,” he concluded.

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