Group looks for­ward to con­ven­tion en­dorse­ment

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The rat­i­fi­ca­tion of United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties would come as a priv­i­lege to more than 12,000 dis­abled per­sons in Fiji, says Dr Si­tiveni Yanuyanutawa. The Fiji Na­tional Coun­cil for Dis­abled Per­sons ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor was mak­ing sub­mis­sions on the con­ven­tion be­fore the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs and De­fence at the Par­lia­ment complex yes­ter­day. Dr Yanuyanutawa said FNCDP and its 34 af­fil­i­ates around the coun­try were deeply de­lighted to present their views on UNCRPD. “The Con­ven­tion was ba­si­cally the ‘game changer’ on dis­abil­ity ser­vices in Fiji when our beloved na­tion signed it on June 2, 2010,” he said. “We at FNCDP felt that the UNCPRD be­ing the first UN Con­ven­tion to come into force in the 21st Cen­tury was a bless­ing to all per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and their car­ers not only in Fiji by up­hold­ing their rights in what­ever en­vi­ron­ment that they live in.” Dr Yanuyanutawa said salient fea­tures of the con­ven­tion (ar­ti­cles 5-31) which pro­vided the back­bone of this doc­u­ment ba­si­cally el­e­vates the sta­tus per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties liv­ing in Fiji by up­hold­ing their rights in what­ever en­vi­ron­ment that they live in.

“It will be a priv­i­lege to FNCDP, its sec­re­tar­iat and its Min­istry for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion, af­fil­i­ates and more than 12,000 per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties liv­ing in Fiji to wit­ness the process of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the UNCRPD,” he said. Dr Yanuyanutawa said they looked for­ward to the pass­ing of 2016 Dis­abil­ity Bill that was be­fore Par­lia­ment. Dr Yanuyanutawa said they hoped their pos­i­tive sub­mis­sions on UNCRPD would be en­dorsed to give dis­abil­ity care in Fiji a sense of di­rec­tion which up­held their rights and def­i­nitely im­proved their liveli­hoods. Peter Waqavonovono of SODELPA made sub­mis­sions on the con­ven­tion say­ing the con­ven­tion sets out hu­man right is­sues in the con­text of dis­abil­ity. Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

From left: Op­po­si­tion mem­ber Anare Vadei and Roko Tupou Drau­nidalo dur­ing the stand­ing com­mitte meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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