The Fiji Disabled People Federation has called for the ratification of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Yesterday organisations under the umbrella of the federation tabled their submissions on the convention at the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence meeting chaired by Government MP, Netani Rika in Parliament.
Fiji had signed the Convention on June 2, 2010 but still has to ratify it.
Representing the federation, Peniasi Rawaidranu said the ratification would provide a better framework for the inclusion in consultation on matters and issues relating to persons with disabilities who made up the membership of the federation.
“It will strengthen the services and activities provided by our organisations to our members; it will give recognition to multiple awareness and advocacy programs over the years,” he said.
“It will give the confidence to our members on the organisation and enhance our capacity in serving our members.”
Spinal Injuries Association president Mere Rodan said the federation and its affiliates fully supported the ratification of the convention.
Ms Rodan said the document emphasised the importance of mainstreaming disability issues as an essential part of relevant strategies of sustainable development.
“It is our belief that all human rights regardless of their differences have equal and inalienable right to health, education, employment, housing, transport, accessibility and all other opportunities available to the general population,” she said.
“The ratification of the convention will provide an appropriate pathway to realising and ensuring the following for persons with disabilities.”
Fiji Association of the Deaf official, Tuliana Waibuta said the ratification of the convention would benefit people living with disabilities in Fiji.