UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: State Report
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Malta signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2012, and the Government has said that it is therefore now time to present the State Party Report, as part of the obligations undertaken with the signing of the convention.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing Justyne Caruana, said that the Government is taking its obligations very seriously. So, last May, a National Focal Point was appointed, responsible for the implementation of this convention.
She said that through this State Party Report, the Government has a clear picture of the current state of the field of disability, and gives clear indicators of the direction to go and areas to address. It was therefore a very critical exercise, she said.
Dr Caruana announced that the first draft of the strategy to implement this policy is ready and will soon begin a process of consultation.
She advised that Parliament has just discussed the draft law for the effective and full participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life, including exercising their right to vote.
Dr Caruana said that there is also work on legislation that will be beneficial to people with impaired hearing.
Photograph: DOI Pierre Sammut