The European Union Delegation for the Pacific issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Fiji.
Fiji , 28/03/2017 - 23:41, UNIQUE ID: 170328_37
The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been authorised by the Parliament on the 22 March 2017, is an important step for the promotion and protection of the human rights and interests of people with disabilities in Fiji. The EU therefore welcomes its ratification by Fiji, which sends a strong signal to other countries that have yet to sign and/or to ratify this important Convention and looks forward to the Government working with affected groups to take forward implementation.
Around the world, people with disabilities and their families are faced with discrimination and hardship, be it in their physical environment, in educational establishments or on the labour market. Consequently, few have stable jobs and regular incomes. The European Union will continue to assist Fiji in addressing these important common challenges and stands ready to work with the Government of Fiji in ratifying other UN human rights treaties.