18 Mar 2017

Fiji looks to ratify disability rights convention

7:27 pm on 18 March 2017

Fiji's government says it plans to this week recommend that parliament ratifies the International Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.

The Fiji Sun reports that the attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, announced this at a meeting with the National Council for Disabled Persons on Friday.

Parties to the convention are required to promote, protect and ensure full human rights and equality under the law for people with disabilities.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says once ratified, Fiji will be legally obliged to put a lot of measures in place to ensure the rights of disabled people, and factor them into official decision-making such as footpath design.

He says concerns that have been raised with him include the unavailability of different modes of transport, communication problems for deaf people in public places, and the high costs of obtaining medical reports.