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Top Stories : Thailand's intervention during the Annual Debate on Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 4th March 2016


Intervention by the delegation of Thailand

H.E. Mr. Thani Thongphakdi

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand

Annual Debate on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

“Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 on situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies”

31th Session of the Human Rights Council

4th March 2016

 

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Mr. President,

                  

My delegation welcomes the holding of this panel discussion and its contribution to the rights of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies.

Thailand shares the view highlighted in the OHCHR report that participation, non-discrimination and empowerment are fundamental principles for a human rights-based approach to disability.

We believe that the potential contribution of persons with disabilities should be recognized and taken into account in policy-making and in the preparation of national plans and strategy, both in normal circumstances and in times of emergencies. This will ensure that persons with disabilities are empowered and their rights are duly protected.  Thus, the independent living concept is promoted to build self-reliance and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities, including those with severe disabilities.

Moreover, our National Plan on Disaster Prevention and Mitigation also places importance on community resilience, whereby communities take care of their members. In line with this Plan, handbooks on disaster preparedness, evacuation, and life skills have been distributed to people with and without disabilities. Trainings on disaster preparedness and evacuation drills for persons with disabilities have also been organized, including in provinces along the Andaman Sea, which experienced the Tsunami in 2005.

At the international level, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in 2015 prioritized the specific needs of vulnerable groups, especially in times of disasters, which people with disabilities were one of such groups. Thailand will continue to implement the Framework, with special attention to the potential risks faced by people with disabilities. 

We would be keen to hear and learn more from the Panel today on the potential and advanced role of persons with disabilities beyond prevention or building resilience, such as their role in disaster mitigation.

Thank you.

 

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