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Report of the Independent Expert on Albinism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism

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Permanent Mission of Fiji to Geneva

37TH SESSION: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

AGENDA ITEM 3: CLUSTERED INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE

Report of the Independent Expert on Albinism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism

TUESDAY – 6TH MARCH, 2018

 

 

Mr President,

With Fiji’s recent ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last June, and the incorporation of the Convention into domestic law with the ongoing process of a draft bill on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we were deeply honoured to have hosted the Independent Expert on Albinism on her recent Mission to Fiji in December last year.

 

This important visit allowed us to facilitate open and frank discussions with all arms of Government, the National Human Rights Institution, civil society and local communities, including people with albinism.

 

During the visit, Ms Ero focused on measures taken to address and mainstream the right of persons with disabilities to the highest standards of health, to combat discrimination and to ensure their full access to education.

 

We acknowledge the preliminary findings and recommendations made as a result of the visit, and we indeed look forward to Ms Ero’s report of her Mission to Fiji, which will be presented to this Council next March.

 

Mr President, Fiji strives to set a bold example by making special efforts to provide Fijians affected with albinism with the support and resources they need to fully participate in their national life. Indeed we acknowledge that we need to step up efforts to ensure that albinism is an integral part of future national policies and programmes, and create more opportunities for further dialogue and awareness raising.

 

Mr President, we commend Ms Ero on the development of a Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa. The Plan provides a framework for a contextual and holistic response at national and community level, which is applicable for all governments. Her steadfast dedication in achieving this is admirable.

 

We thank Ms Ero and her team for their visit to Fiji and we look forward to our continuous support and engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner. I thank you Mr President.

 

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