22 Sep 2015

Solomons PM urged to ratify UN disability convention

10:19 am on 22 September 2015

An organisation representing people with disabilities in Solomon Islands is urging the country's prime minister to ratify the UN treaty for the protection of their human rights.

Manasseh Sogavare

Manasseh Sogavare, who will shortly attend the UN General Assembly in New York, has been told to ratify the UN treaty on human rights. Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

People with Disability Solomon Islands made the call during a meeting with prime minister Manasseh Sogavare last week ahead of his upcoming trip to New York for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The organisation's president Casper Faasala says people living with disability in Solomon Islands are marginalised and have limited access to basic services like education, healthcare and clean water.

Mr Faasala believes ratifying the convention would mainstream ongoing work to make a more inclusive society for people with disabilities.

"It will give us direct budget allocations annually so that we may increase awareness and advocacy on these needs. And our participation in terms of a lot of consultation at different levels with the government and other key stakeholders to advise on policies and to advise on implementation of those policies."