Maldives Ratifies its disAbility Act/Bill
The disAbility Act or disAbility Bill has been ratified by the President. The bill protected rights of Persons with disabilities and promises a financial assistance for them. It was ratified after being sent back to the Parliment for the second time.
The bill was first passed by the parliament on 21 December 2009. But it had many clauses which wasn’t agreed by stakeholders and it was not even inline with the UNCRPD(UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and some NGO’s with Parents called the disAbility Act to be sent back to Parliament. So, President Nasheed returned the bill for reconsideration, stating that the bill contained articles that contradicted international standards and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Now that the bill has been passed, and the legislature is there to protect Persons with disAbilities; the Government, the people, the community has a role in making our small country an example for others. First, we have to start with the term we use for it. Haveeru states that it is the ‘Special needs bill’ that was ratified. Which is not! It is the disAbility Act isn’t it?
In the news:
- Haveeru, English: http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/31361/Special_needs_bill_ratified
- Haveeru, Dhivehi: http://www.haveeru.com.mv/?page=details&id=98265
The final disAbility Act:
Ratified disAbility Act (134.4 KiB, 374 hits)