Government asked to implement disability convention

By
Lydia Asamoah/ Sarah Agyekum

Accra, Aug .19, GNA –
The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) have called on government
to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(UNCRPD) to ensure an all-inclusive society for all.

The Federation said
government, should in particular, implement Article 33 of the Convention that
requires States Parties to designate one or more focal points within government
for matters relating to the implementation of the present Convention and give
due consideration to the establishment of a coordination mechanism, which would
facilitate related action in different sectors and at different levels.

At a media briefing
on Friday in Accra, addressed by Ms Rita Kyeremaa Kusi, Executive Director of
GFD, Mr Alexander Bankole Williams, Member of Commutation Team of the
Federation and Mr Moses Fordjour, Monitoring and Evaluations Officer of GFD,
the Federation called on government to initiate strategic policy dialogue on
carrying forward the provisions of the UNCRPD.

Ms Kusi explained
that though Ghana signed the convention in 2007 and ratified it in 2012 with
the expectation tot starts implementing the tenets within two years after the
ratification; the country is yet to do so.

By the ratification
of the Convention, government was expected to send a state report on the
implementation processes of the convention but it has failed to do so because
it has not been able to implement it.

“We had wished that
the implementation will have been fast and given the priority that it deserves
but that has not been possible.

“We therefore
started a campaign last year to advocate the implementation of the Convention
and calling on government to show commitment towards its implementation,” Ms
Kusi said.

She said what
government is expected to do by virtue of signing and ratifying the Convention,
is to set up the Committee and a focal point to implement the Convention.

“If government is so
committed, it could set that up only within a week”.

She expressed the
hope that government would put in place the monitoring mechanism that would
work to ensure the implementation of the convention to better the lot of
persons with disability.

Mr Williams said the
delay in the implementation of the convention is an act of discrimination and
that the rights of persons with disabilities need to be respected.

He called on
government to design and publish a comprehensive disability monitoring and
evaluation framework for persons with disabilities to be established with
clarity on reporting lines.

Government should
also take immediate steps to harmonise existing domestic legislations to
conform to the UNCRPD as well as expedite action on proposals submitted by the
disability movement for Amendment of the Disability Act 715.

The GFD also asked
government to introduce realistic measures to support the advocacy and
sustainability of organisation of persons with disabilities in Ghana and to
ensure and monitor the participation of persons with disabilities in the
planning, designing and delivering of key national policies and programmes
related to disabilities.

It said government
should consider building capacities of key officials such as the ministries,
departments and agencies and other stakeholders for effective implementation of
the CRPD and mainstreaming of disability issues in national policies and
programmes.

GNA

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