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VN ratifies treaty on rights of disabled

Update: December, 04/2014 - 09:16
The announcement was made at a ceremony to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability. — Photo congly

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam yesterday announced the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The announcement was made at a ceremony to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that people with disabilities, whether physical or mental, must be given a chance to contribute their best to society and treated with respect.

He thanked international, domestic organisations and individuals that had helped support handicapped people in recent years.

Viet Nam has about seven million people with disabilities, accounting for 7.8 per cent of the population. The country has developed the Law on People with Disabilities to help them gain better access to social services and integrate into society.

The UN convention was first adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006. It aims to ensure equal rights for people with disabilities. Viet Nam signed the convention in 2007 and the National Assembly ratified it on November 28 during its recent general session.

According to the UN, about 10-15 per cent of the world's population has some form of disability and most of them live in developing countries.

About 20 per cent of the poorest people in the world are disabled. It is difficult for them to access to education, employment, healthcare and social assistance services. About 40 per cent of people with disabilities in Viet Nam over the age of six are illiterate.

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said that the ratification showed a strong political commitment of Viet Nam to protect and promote the rights of disabled people.

The Labour Ministry will soon submit to the Government a plan on the implementation of the convention. — VNS

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