Jeddah, 3rd December 2018: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) joins the international community in commemorating the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018’ with an emphatic appeal for a concerted global action to increase attention on the rights of persons with disabilities, and to ensure that all actions in this regard are consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the CRPD).
While welcoming the growing commitment of States to advocate and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, (reflected in the large number of signatures/ ratifications of CRPD and its Optional Protocol), IPHRC stressed the need to design and adopt comprehensive policies that guarantee the integration of persons with disabilities in all fields of life, especially education, and socioeconomic empowerment to help achieve the 2030 Agenda on sustainable developments.
The Commission added its voice to the importance of pursuing the global agenda for international cooperation, which puts the rights and needs of all people, including those with disabilities, at its center and will make use of all existing international human rights mechanisms to achieve this goal. To this end, it also stressed the need for a comprehensive human rights strategy that promotes the rights of persons with disabilities through effective legislative, administrative and judicial means, including international cooperation towards establishing a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of all persons is equal and guaranteed.
The OIC Member States, cognizant of the importance of promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities including as part of their religious obligation, have greatly increased the attention to the rights of persons with disabilities in their policies and programs. However, much more needs to be done to ensure that all persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights. OIC’s revised OIC Charter and Ten-Year Program of Action 2025 place special emphasis on promoting and protecting all human rights and fundamental freedoms including the rights of people with special needs. Accordingly, the IPHRC urged all OIC Member States to follow through their commitment and develop, on priority, appropriate national policies that ensure the elimination of all barriers to the full participation of persons with disabilities particularly children and women, in the socio-economic and developmental plans and progress of their respective societies. To provide impetus to such measures, IPHRC requested Member States to regularly include the progress made in this regard during their Universal Periodic Review in the Human Rights Council as well as national reviews of their implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.
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