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Top Stories : Intervention by the Delegation of Thailand during the Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities, at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on Friday 3 March 2017

Intervention by the Delegation of Thailand

during the Annual interactive debate on the rights of

persons with disabilities (Theme: Article 5 of the CRPD

regarding equality and non-discrimination),

at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

on Friday 3 March 2017

 

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Mr. President,

The 2030 Agenda sets the stage for building partnerships to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind.

I wish to offer some lessons drawn from Thailand’s experience in promoting disability-inclusive development.

First, States should constantly review and revise national laws and policies to ensure equality and non-discrimination, in conformity with the CRPD and the local context. This must be a continuing process.

To this end, States should utilize the CRPD reporting process, the UPR as well as technical cooperation and capacity-building. These endeavours have proven valuable for Thailand as we fine-tune our laws and policies.

Second, we should be innovative in addressing specific challenges faced by persons with disabilities.

This was why the Thai Government created a hotline to receive inquiries and complaints directly from persons with disabilities.

Another example is the policy to promote “Tourism for All” – to create a universally-designed tourism infrastructure so that persons with disabilities can enjoy cultural and natural attractions.

Third, we should not just aim to eliminate discrimination and marginalization. We should empower and involve persons with disabilities in the decision-making process and other endeavours. This is a proactive, not reactive, approach. It will enable them to participate actively in the society and make significant contributions.

We would like to pose a question to the panel. Information and communication technologies underpin many aspects of our modern life. How can we improve access to ICT for persons with disabilities in the context of developing countries, especially for their education and medical needs?

Thank you, Mr. President.