Advocacy for the Right of People Living with Disabilities

CEDAC and its partner Action On Armed Violence (AOAV) are soon to start advocacy activities for the rights of persons living with disability. Founded by the Australian development agency AusAID, this project aims to defend the fundamental rights of this vulnerable part of the Burundian population.

The main goal of those activities prepared from July 2013, is to obtain the ratification of the Convention for the Rights of Persons living with Disability (CRPD). See attached picture of a preparation meeting in Muramvya that took place in October 2013.

Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006, the CRPD became open to members of the UN for signature from 30 March 2007, and entered into force on 3 May 2008. This legislation does not create new rights, but is a legal commitment to people with disabilities throughout the world. It is a framework or a tool for people living with disabilities that they can use to defend their human rights. On 26 April 2007, Burundi committed to follow the legislation by signing.

Since then, six years have passed without this commitment been actually presented in a form for ratification. The convention needs to be presented to the members of parliament; this is a necessary step in the ratification and implementation process. The ratification of the CRPD does not create new rights, but will restore and enforce human rights for these people, such as access to education and care, freedom of movement and the participation in social society and political activities. All other members of the East African Community (EAC) have ratified the Convention with the exception of Burundi.

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