9 October 2018
Organizations both for and of PWDs, Persons with Disabilities, in Yangon are joining forces to form a regional level association for the rights and opportunities of PWDs in Myanmar.
Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities has been conducting campaigns for PWDs across the country in collaboration with ‘The Leprosy Mission Myanmar’ since last year with the support of the Government of Netherlands. As part of the campaign, the federation submitted DPOs report reflecting on the State implementation of UNCRPD initial report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Chairman, Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Aung Ko Myint said “This is to make a shadow report on the report submitted to the UN Committee and to form an association for PWDs in Yangon region. It is essential to form association for PWDs in all states and regions for the rights and opportunities of PWDs in Myanmar. The stumbling blocks to formation are technology, participant, time and funds. Some of the challenges for PWDs in Myanmar are education, job opportunity, transportation and access to information.”
It’s learnt that the shadow report will be read at the public hearing session to be held in Switzerland next year. The 2014 census shows 4.6% of Myanmar’s total population of 51.4 million is persons with disabilities. Myanmar ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2011. The study report for the criminal cases, violation and discrimination on PWDs released in August this year showed that there is still discrimination at ground level despite improvements in the rights for them.