The UAE has stressed the need to pay more attention to people with disabilities in emergency situations, and to seek appropriate conditions for them so that they get timely care and safety.
This came in a statement delivered by Reem Ebrahim Al Mannai, of the UAE Permanent Mission to the United Nations office in Geneva, before the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council’s annual interactive discussion on the human rights of people with disabilities.
The statement referred to the importance of Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which defines and strengthens the states’ obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection and safety of people with disabilities in situations of risk, including armed conflicts, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.
It said that the adoption of an approach based on human rights to activate Article 11 “is a new innovation that would boost the concepts of humanity to the level of the mandatory principles to ensure implementation of Article 11, which contributes significantly to the protection of persons with disabilities and provides appropriate ground either legislatively or institutionally”.
The statement stressed the importance of setting up a department that can be in charge in the event of an emergency to ensure effective coordination, participation and consultation with people with disabilities, and their representative organisations as well as mobilise adequate resources in a timely manner to allow access for people with disabilities whenever necessary.
Courtesy: WAM Agency