Starting this April 2021, under the project “promotion of Anti-discrimination practices of persons with disabilities in Rwanda” supported by CBM Germany, NUDOR invited different government institutions and disability organizations to review the third review of Recommendations of Rwanda on UPR, Universal Period review and recommend the government to do more in terms of Human rights specifically the rights of persons with disabilities.
Among institutions invited were different ministries representatives including the Ministry of the local government, the ministry of health and security organs including Rwanda national police, Rwanda investigation Bureau RIB, Rwanda correction service RCS, Human Rights Commission, different human rights organizations including cladho, Rwanda bar association and many others.
The facilitator from MUDAKIKWA John, Founder, Lawyer and Director of CENTER OF RULE OF LAW RWANDA explained more on 284 Total recommendations given to Rwanda. Among these recommendations 160 of them were accepted by the Government of Rwanda including 15 specific recommendations on the rights of Persons with disabilities. They also reviewed 49 Recommendations considered under implementation or already implemented with zero recommendations specifically on the rights of Persons with disabilities. these recommendations are to be examined by the Government of Rwanda and provide responses before the 47th session of the human rights council. Third, 75 Recommendations were noted by the Government of Rwanda with 9 specific recommendations on the rights of Persons with disabilities.
In this meeting participants from different institutions committed to sharing the information received on these reviewed recommendations with their institutions and advocate for the government to implement them specifically these regarding persons with with disabilities.
15 specific recommendations on the rights of Persons with disabilities accepted by Rwanda and recommending countries.
284 Total recommendations given to Rwanda and 160 of them were accepted by the Government of Rwanda including the following 15 specific recommendations on the rights of Persons with disabilities.
6.3 Bring its national legislation into line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, eliminating pejorative terms to persons with disabilities which remain in some laws (Chile);
6.25 Intensify efforts to develop and strengthen the necessary legislative frameworks that address cross-sectoral environmental challenges, including climate change adaptation and mitigation frameworks, and ensure that women, children, persons with disabilities, minority groups and local communities are meaningfully engaged in their implementation (Fiji);
6.79 Strengthen the response to poverty, by making qualitative and quantitative improvements to the social protection and poverty eradication programs for families, women and people living with disabilities (Botswana);
6.83 Put in place social protection and poverty reduction programs aimed at guaranteeing an adequate standard of living for people with disabilities (Senegal);
6.99 Work on making their education system more inclusive for persons with disabilities (Israel);
6.113 Develop and implement specific policies with the necessary human and financial resources for the advancement and empowerment of girls and women with disabilities (Bulgaria);
6.144 Effectively address the issue of teenage pregnancy, child labor and the inaccessibility of children with disabilities to educational facilities and adequate standard of living (Islamic Republic of Iran);
6.148 Ensure full access to education and health and social services for children in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations, including children with disabilities, children in street situations, children affected by HIV/AIDS, children living in poverty or in child-headed households, and children from historically marginalized communities, including the Batwa (Bulgaria);
6.150 Adopt the necessary measures to protect the integrity of persons with disabilities in all settings, including the prevention of forced treatment and forced sterilization of persons with disabilities (Croatia);
6.151 Strengthen national bodies responsible for guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities and ensure their full integration into society (Djibouti);
6.152 Guarantee persons with disabilities, especially children with disabilities, the right to inclusive quality education and health services, with accessible environments and adequately trained teachers and professionals to provide individual support (Finland);
6.153 Enhance protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and effectively address domestic violence against women and children (Islamic Republic of Iran);
6.154 Continue effective measures to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, including persons with albinism (Nepal);
6.155 Raise awareness of the key provisions of the Ministerial Order (No. 007/2016) and the inclusive and Special Needs Education Policy amongst all relevant stakeholders, including persons with disabilities, so as to ensure their effective implementation (Singapore);
6.156 Take appropriate measures to prevent and address all forms of disability-based discrimination (Zambia);
9 specific recommendations on the rights of Persons with disabilities among 75 recommendations and recommending countries.
8.12 Ensure, in law and in practice, the protection of the rights of vulnerable groups of its population, particularly women, children, persons with disabilities, older persons as well as ethnic minorities (Russian Federation);
8.16 Enact legislation recognizing the full capacity of persons with disabilities (Montenegro);
8.24 Ensure that members of marginalized groups – including disabled persons, children living on the street and also LGBT individuals – do not become subject to arbitrary detention or ill-treatment by the security forces (Germany);
8.56 Adopt and implement comprehensive policies to increase the employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and take more measures to promote the integration of women into the labor force (Malaysia);
8.57 Facilitate the employment of Persons with Disabilities in both public and private sectors and ensure their access to all public services (Turkey);
8.68 Ensure adequate resources for programs focusing on children, especially children with disabilities (Philippines);
8.73 Adopt legal provisions recognizing the full legal capacity of persons with disabilities (Côte d’Ivoire);
8.74 Take all appropriate measures to prevent and combat all forms of disability-based discrimination (Chad);
8.75 Adopt a national strategy to ensure accessibility for public, health and education services for persons with disabilities (Sudan).
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