Baku, Azerbaijan, March 24
Tajik president has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Tajik Telegraph Agency TajikTA reported.
"President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York on the eve of participation in an event marking the beginning of the international 'Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028' decade," press service of the Tajik head of state reported.
The signing ceremony was attended by UN Deputy Secretary General Miguel de Serpa Soares.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol were adopted on Dec. 13, 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and were opened for signature on March 30, 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. As of November 2017, 175 countries are parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Presently, about 150,000 people with disabilities, among them 26,000 children, live in Tajikistan.
In Tajikistan, people with disabilities are divided into several categories: those disabled in wars and persons equal to them, people with general illness, persons with disabilities from occupational diseases, persons disabled in Chernobyl, persons disabled during military service, and children with disabilities.
In 2016, the Tajik government adopted the National Program for Rehabilitation of the Disabled for 2017-2020. This program has a social and anti-crisis character; its implementation will be carried out taking into account the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The program is mainly aimed at strengthening the social protection of disabled people, including their medical and social rehabilitation.
The first national congress of disabled people of Tajikistan was held in October 2017.