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26.02.2009 Social News

Government urged to sign UN Convention on PWDs


Government has been asked to rectify the United Nations' Convention on Persons with Disability (PWDs) to address issues pertaining to the disabled in the country.

Speaking at a workshop organized for journalists on the promotion of the rights of PWDs on Thursday, Dr. Bashiru Koray, a lawyer at the Attorney General Department noted that since most of the laws regarding PWDs in the country were similar to those of the United Nation, it would be very prudent on the side of government to adopt it.

“Since the United Nation's Convention on PWDs override those of members countries, its adoption will compel the government to always have issues pertaining to PWDs at heart”, he said.

He mentioned the removal of all obstacles that militate against the well-being of PWDs, their non discrimination at the workplace, right to own property, accessibility to physical and social services and their free movement as some of the laws entrenched in the UN Convention for PWDs which were similar to that of the country.

He expressed his dissatisfaction with the manner in which PWDs suffer whenever there was conflict or disaster and appealed to government and Non Governmental organizations for special protection for them since most of them were left vulnerable.

Mr. Tuinese Edward Amuzu, Executive Director of Legal Resource Centre appealed to Ghanaians to respect the rights of PWDs to make them feel part of the society and called for the full enforcement of all laws regarding PWDs in the country.