Parl't affairs min. leads Egypt's delegation to UN meeting on rights of persons with disabilities
Thursday، 08 March 2018 - 11:52 AM
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan headed the Egyptian delegation taking part in the annual interactive debate held by the UN Human Rights Council on the rights of the persons with disabilities, at the council's premises in Geneva.
Addressing the session held on Wednesday, the minister voiced keenness of the Egyptian government on participating in this year's talks on this particular issue with a delegation at the ministerial level to ensure the great importance it attaches to the rights and needs of the people with disabilities, a fact that was reflected by the announcement of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi that 2018 will be the year of persons with disabilities in Egypt.
Egypt's keenness on the rights of the disabled comes within the framework of its 2014 constitution, which obligates the state to ensure all the rights of the people with disabilities, integrate them into the society and prohibit discrimination against them in addition to guaranteeing that they are suitably represented in the parliamentary and local councils, the minister said.
A law on the rights of the people with disabilities has been issued, securing their political, health, educational, cultural, social and sports rights, Marwan added.
Egypt is heading towards integrating the persons with disabilities in the society, taking care of and empowering them as well as securing a decent life for them and benefiting from their capabilities, Marwan noted.