HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam is one of many countries in the Asia Pacific region having trouble establishing the rights of people with disabilities, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said yesterday.
At the Asia and Pacific Disability Forum in Ha Noi, Chuyen said that projects providing assistance and life support to people with disabilities had showed positive results.
However, she said that while marked improvements had been noted, the realisation of disabled peoples' rights in the fields of education, employment and the media remained modest.
Chuyen said Viet Nam would participate fully in international and regional forums, such as the Asia and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, to establish concrete rights for the disabled. Viet Nam would also soon approve a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Chairman of the Asia Pacific Disability Forum, Kyung Seok Park, said people with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region still faced hurdles in the enjoyment of citizen rights, including discrimination.
The forum drew 500 domestic and international delegates from 42 countries and territories. The goal was to raise social awareness about the issue.
The two-day meeting will review progress made on the strategy set out at the first forum held in Incheon, Korea, in 2012.
Currently, there are 650 million people with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region. Viet Nam has about 6.7 million people, about 8.7 per cent of its population. — VNS