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Official calls for inclusion of people with disabilities in govt

Author: Baria Johnson | Published: Monday, February 27, 2023

Stephen Dhieu Kuach, Director for People with Disabilities in the Office of the Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster. (Photo: BBC).

The Director for People with Disabilities in the Office of the Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster has called on the government to adhere to the UN Convention on the right of People with Disabilities, signed by President Kiir on the weekend.

The President acceded to the convention on Friday, February 24 2023.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) sets out the fundamental human rights of people with disability.

The purpose is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

Stephen Dhieu Kuach welcomes the government’s decision to sign the convention.

Dhieu emphasizes on the need for free access to information, inclusive education, protection, and fair representation of persons with disabilities in the government.

Dhieu says it is high time the government demonstrates its commitment to providing services to all persons with disabilities in the country.

“The work begins on disability inclusion and disability inclusion in government and cooperate society, so to reform now the government commitment to provide services to all the people,” he said.

“The persons with disabilities will expect representation in the government, freedom of participation, freedom of speech, inclusive education, Protection, free access to information and any other rights a person with disability shall be having in any other country”.

Despite being visually impaired, Dhieu managed to study and graduates with Masters degree in International Law and a Bachelor degree in Social Work and Social Administration in Uganda.

However, he told the BBC in January 2021 that people with disabilities in the country face prejudice while searching for jobs in the country.

 

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