Com­mis­sion Be­gins Work with Fed­er­a­tion

It is im­por­tant that per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion so they can make in­formed de­ci­sions: Raj

Fiji Sun - - NATION - Source: Fiji Hu­man Com­mis­sion Re­lated re­port on Rights and Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion

Ateam from the Hu­man Rights and Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Fiji Dis­abled Peo­ple’s Fed­er­a­tion to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion on rais­ing aware­ness on the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Com­mis­sion di­rec­tor Ash­win Raj said it would or­gan­ise a na­tional con­sul­ta­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with dis­abled per­sons’ or­gan­i­sa­tions, com­mu­nity lead­ers and in­di­vid­u­als.

This is to the chal­lenges faced by them in re­al­is­ing their rights in terms of ac­ces­si­bil­ity and dis­crim­i­na­tion. They were also briefed about the new in­for­ma­tion ecosys­tem and the com­plaints man­age­ment system, which will en­sure per­sons with dis­abil­ity are able to eas­ily ac­cess the ser­vices of the Com­mis­sion.

The work on a dis­abil­ity-friendly com­plaints man­age­ment system has com­menced.

The Com­mis­sion will work to­wards trans­lat­ing its key re­source ma­te­ri­als such as posters on rights of ar­rested and de­tained per­sons in braille and pro­duc­ing au­dio record­ings so that per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties know their rights in re­la­tion to ac­ces­si­bil­ity, ac­cess to public trans­porta­tion, public con­ve­nience and ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion.

Mr Raj said: “It is im­por­tant that per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion so they can make in­formed de­ci­sions.

“I am pleased to note that par­lia­men­tary pro­ceed­ings are now sup­ple­mented by sign lan­guage in­ter­preters.

“The daily news bul­letins should also in­clude sign lan­guage.”

Other ar­eas the Com­mis­sion will be work­ing on in­cludes the plight of the per­sons with psy­choso­cial dis­abil­ity and chil­dren with dis­abil­ity.

The Com­mis­sion will be join­ing the Fiji Dis­abled Peo­ple’s Fed­er­a­tion in their com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grammes un­der the Ac­cess to Jus­tice Project.

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