DISABILITY RIGHTS

Human Rights are fundamental and universal. They exist independently of laws of a country or customs or beliefs of a particular community. Every day disabled people are denied their human rights. In Pakistan the situation is more alarming.  The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. Pakistan is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has also ratified the convention on 5th July 2011 but has not yet signed and rectified the protocol. APDR will work rigorously to urge other human rights organisations at national level in lobbying the governments to effectively implement the UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in order to safeguard, protect and promote the rights of disabled people in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, social service like education, health, nutrition, population welfare, and water and sanitation is inadequate primarily due to the law and order situation and poor governance.  The most recent census statistics on disability, from 1998, show that there were 3,286,630 people with disabilities comprising 2.49 % of the total population.


The main objectives of APDR disability rights programme is;


 1)      To remove discrimination and social stigma related to disability and promote positive attitudes toward people with disabilities by creating public awareness about disability rights and the need for community support in rehabilitation.

 2)     To campaign, highlight and advise on disability and other relevant issues ensuring that disabled people in Pakistan have a strong voice

 3)     To safeguard the rights of disabled and other vulnerable people during natural disasters and in armed conflicts.

 4)     To work with disability rights organisations and influence public policy in favour of disability rights through ADPR advocacy campaigns.