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Gathering marks global day for disabled persons

Update: November, 29/2010 - 09:11

HA NOI — More than 2,000 disabled people gathered at a meeting in Ha Noi to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities which fell on Saturday.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dam Huu Dac said Viet Nam had 6.7 million disabled people, accounting for 7.8 per cent of the total population.

The Law on People with Disabilities, which would take effect on January 1 next year, showed the Party and State cared for them and testified to the country's commitment to the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Dac said.

The law and guiding sub-documents would also create a better environment for the disabled, helping them take part in social activities and integrate into the community equally and enjoy improved mental and material life, he said.

US Ambassador to Viet Nam Michael Michalak spoke highly of the Vietnamese Government's efforts in working with international partners, including the US, to boost supporting activities, improve the lives of the disabled and ensure they had the opportunity to fully take part in social life. — VNS

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