Univer­sity cen­tre backs rat­i­fi­ca­tion

Any­thing to do with dis­abil­i­ties we sup­port it with­out reser­va­tions: Parmesh Chand

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Fiji needs to ‘walk the talk’ when ad­vo­cat­ing for is­sues of per­sons liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, says Parmesh Chand. The USP’s Pa­cific Is­lands Cen­tre for Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rec­tor yes­ter­day showed their sup­port for the im­me­di­ate rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights with Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

“Any­thing to do with dis­abil­i­ties; we here in PICPA sup­port it with­out reser­va­tions and we our­selves are do­ing re­searches in the ar­eas of dis­abil­i­ties,” he said. Mr Chand said they were will­ing to as­sist those coun­tries who were lack­ing re­sources in up­grad­ing their poli­cies.

“We our­selves as an in­sti­tu­tion are putting poli­cies in place in terms of proper doc­u­men­ta­tion; any­thing to do with the im­prove­ment of con­di­tions for those that are liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, which had dif­fi­cul­ties and those that need to be brought into the main­stream.

“We sup­port all that be­cause it’s all about equal op­por­tu­ni­ties de­spite what your back­ground and abil­i­ties are; these are all a fact of mankind,” he said. Mr Chand said we needed to live by ex­am­ple when it came to giv­ing per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for their liveli­hood. He said they were also con­duct­ing re­search on is­sues like gen­der vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. “These are all very im­por­tant is­sues in work places; it af­fects staff and the abil­ity to de­liver,” he said. Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

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