Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission's Message on occasion of the International Day of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2017)
AIHRC congratulates all people with a disability on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd) for all citizens of the country, especially people with disabilities. The AIHRC celebrates this important day by launching programs, roundtables and conferences throughout the regional and provincial offices of the AIHRC to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.
This year, the International Day for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated with the global slogan "Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all." We all know that persons with disabilities in our country make up 2.7% of the population, but they are faced with challenges and problems for having access to their most fundamental rights (the right to education, the right to health and rehabilitation, the right to work, the right to housing, etc.), and the AIHRC's monitoring reports also shows that the provision of services for the various categories of persons with disabilities is very limited.
AIHRC while congratulating all people with disabilities on this Day, calls on the government and international organizations to pay serious attention to the implementation of the provisions of the Law on the Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Afghanistan also has joined this Convention on September 18, 2012 and try to work for solving the problems of PwDs, and help them fully enjoy their human rights.
We call on the Afghan government to prioritize the National Disability Survey for accurate planning for providing services to this vulnerable group, and we also urge the government to consider special programs for the benefit of persons with disabilities in its development plans, with due regard to the goals of SDG,
Children with disabilities, especially, children with mental disabilities should enjoy the same education and trainings as other children, and this is will be realized only if the proposed amendments to the Law on the Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities presented by the relevant institutions during the current year, in the light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are approved and implemented.