Somalia ratifies the treaty on persons with disabilities

Somali government has ratified a treaty safe-guarding and promoting the rights of people with disabilities.Her Excellence, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development Deqa Yasin has signed the Convention after attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“Yesterday was a historic day for disability rights in Somalia as we have acceded to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. This convention will support the work that is already being done in Somalia to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities” said Minister Deqa following the ratification.

“By acceding to this Convention, Somalia is once again demonstrating its commitment the fulfillment of its obligations with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities, as stated in our Constitution, the National Human Rights Road Map and Universal Periodic Review obligations” she added.

The Convention is an international treaty that articulates the rights of persons with disabilities. Specifically, countries that become parties to it agree 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.

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