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Ms. Catalina Devandas, Ms Ikponsowa Ero, the EU welcomes your reports presented to this session, and seizes this opportunity to interact with your mandates, which the EU fully supports.
As a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU has a Framework that promotes, protects and monitors the implementation of the Convention in matters of EU competence: legislation and policy and public administration. Equality of opportunities, non-discrimination and accessibility are at the heart of the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 which has been framing actions both at EU level and abroad in supporting the implementation of the UN Convention.
The EU agrees to the fact that disability-inclusive social protection systems can contribute significantly to reducing deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities by ensuring income security and access to social services.
The EU is deeply concerned by the discrimination and violence suffered by persons with disabilities as well as persons with albinism in different countries and regions.
Could you elaborate which are the major obstacles with respect to art. 14 of the CRPD, and what best practices there have been so far in coming to terms with this?
Turning on to the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism
Ms. Ero, the EU welcomes the renewal of your mandate and commends your very important work on raising awareness to and on promoting the elimination of human rights violations and abuses against persons with albinism. We further welcome your commitment to fully tackling violence and the multiple forms of discrimination faced by persons with albinism, in particular by children. The EU reiterates its full support to your mandate and to your efforts aiming at putting in place a comprehensive approach that addresses all urgent and multiple challenges faced by persons with albinism in the enjoyment of their human rights.
Lack of access of persons with albinism to education and deep rooted social exclusion, stigma and discrimination against them, including within the justice system, are main barriers to access of persons with albinism to justice. In this regard, we welcome your report and its recommendations aimed at improving the access of persons with albinism to justice.
Finally, the EU expresses its deep appreciation for your work in preparing the Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa (2017–2021) and we would like to ask you about progress in its implementation.