Sierra Leones’ disabled MP, Julius Nyei Cuffie is set to table for ratification before Parliament the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.
This move is to precede the bill on the persons with disabilities, 2009 that is expected before Parliament soon.
Speaking to Awoko yesterday at Parliament building, the MP referred to the convention as significant stating that it was the latest Human Rights instrument that emboldens the spirit of the universal declaration of Human Rights. He explained that the convention borders around the rights, dignity and worth of persons with disability.
Hon Cuffie further explained that the 1947 Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 2006 stipulates that all human beings are equal and should be given equal treatment and opportunities.
The timing of tabling the UN convention, he stressed ‘’could not have been right than now, in that, the convention should precede the bill so that we will have a wholesome law where the 2009 disability Act is lacking. The UN convention will provide for the gap and in 2007, the gender and child rights acts were enacted, so by ratifying the convention, we are creating the proper legal framework for persons with disability’’
The MP also said that Sierra Leone’s neighbors, Liberia and Guinea have ratified the convention and for ‘’Sierra Leone ratifying hers, we are putting ourselves at par with our neighbors and the international community in addressing disability’’
He thus said it was also significant that the country will be protecting in wholeness in all segments of the society to include the eradication of poverty among the disabled.