SAFOD Participation at the Experts Round-table on the African Disability Protocol

africa_protocolFrom 21st to 22nd August 2014, SAFOD participated in Experts Roundtable on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa held at the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights Law Faculty.

The round-table meeting was organized by the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA) formerly Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) in collaboration with the University of Pretoria Centre For Human Rights and was attended by the African Union, Governments, Disabled Peoples Organisations, development partners, Civil Society Organisations, human rights institutions and academics.

The round-table meeting sought to discuss and seek inputs to the proposed Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa.  The discussions focused on the following two broad questions:

  • What is the need for an African Disability Human rights instrument (the Disability Protocol) (“Feasible or Desirable”)?
  • What are the substantive African disability rights issues? And how can this mechanism protect these rights for Africans with disabilities?

The roundtable meeting sought to discuss and seek inputs to the proposed Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa.  The discussions focused on the following two broad questions.

Represented by its Director Genmeral, Mr. Mussa Chiwaula, SAFOD argued during the debate that if the worldwide campaign to mainstream disability in international and regional development endeavors is to really succeed, then it is very desirable that we, as Africans, have a specific Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa. 

SAFOD believes acknowledged the fact that the continent has its own cultural contexts that need to be comprehensively taken into account when implementing theConvention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) , and the Convention therefore cannot tackle all of them hence we need to come up with our own continental – and even regional – instruments that support the basic principles and spirit of the Convention itself.  We need a Protocol that should be able to, for instance, challenge traditional African views which conflict with the rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

To understand the content of the draft Protocol, download the publication that outlines the general architecture of the Protocol here.

To read more about the Experts’ Round Table event itself and the to view the photos, visit the Centre for Human Rights News (The University of Pretoria) website link here

 

Published by gkayange

A journalist dedicated to making a difference in the lives of marginalised communities, including persons with disabilities.

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