Commission Begins Work with Federation
It is important that persons with disabilities have access to information so they can make informed decisions: Raj
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.