National Assembly adopts Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In a significant move towards safeguarding the rights of individuals with disabilities, the National Assembly has officially adopted The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The decision, which was reached today, reflects the government’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality for all citizens.

With 41 out of 42 members present in the house voting in favor of the convention, it is evident that the majority recognizes the importance of protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. The house diligently deliberated on the government’s reservations regarding the convention, extensively discussing five specific clauses. Ultimately, the members of the house supported only two of these reservations.

During the session, Health Minister Dechen Wangmo, who represented the Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister, emphasized that the reservations on certain clauses should not be interpreted as a lack of willingness on the part of the government to address the concerns outlined in those areas. Minister Wangmo reiterated the government’s commitment to working towards the betterment of individuals with disabilities and expressed gratitude for the adoption of the convention.

The adoption of The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a crucial step forward in the protection of the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the country. The convention aims to ensure that individuals with disabilities are granted equal opportunities, access to services, and full participation in all aspects of society. It encompasses a wide range of areas, including education, employment, healthcare, accessibility, and non-discrimination.

The next phase in the process involves forwarding the adopted convention to the National Council, where further discussions and deliberations will take place. The National Council’s involvement will play a vital role in shaping the final legislation and ensuring that it aligns with the diverse needs of the citizens.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, has gained worldwide recognition and acceptance. It has been ratified by numerous countries, serving as an essential framework for promoting and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

The adoption of this convention by the National Assembly underscores the government’s commitment to creating an inclusive society that upholds the dignity and rights of all citizens. It is a significant milestone toward building a more equitable and accessible future for persons with disabilities in the country.

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