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Meeting on Right to Health of Persons with Disabilities held at Chandigarh: January 2014

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The data in India reflects a relatively small number of persons with multiple sclerosis. This could either be because it is less diagnosed or less known, and therefore it is often misdiagnosed.  In Delhi, there are 500 patients with multiple sclerosis. The nature of multiple sclerosis is such that it affects various parts of the brain, which in turn affect several parts of the body.  The various symptoms can take a long time for recognition and multiple sclerosis is diagnosed through an MRI scan of the brain. Therefore the focus on healthcare for persons with multiple sclerosis should be on early diagnosis. However, there is only one method of treatment available for multiple sclerosis and this treatment is quite costly. 

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Meeting on Right to Health of Persons with Disabilities held at Cochin: October 2013

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Meeting examined the links between disability and international organizations, through the roles taken by the organization to spread awareness and implement decisions. It started with the Action Plan for 2013 with regard to the Right to Health for PWD, particularly focussing on post-CRPD developments. This comes after the first High Level UN Meeting on Disability, held in 2013. A list of targets for 2015 and beyond were put forth, touching on HIV/AIDS, sanitation, essential medicines, starvation, maternal mortality, and other pressing concerns.

The World Report on Disability, 2011, was also addressed and suggestions given on how to bring these recommendations into reality. The position of UNICEF on Disability was summarized, with an explanation of the UNICEF World Report 2013. Finally, the World Bank reports were examined, looking at the links between disability, health and development, a balance particularly needed when considering implementation. The various challenges that were identified were gaps in knowledge, ensuring implementation, emphasizing health care and opportunities put forth. 

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DRI’s participation in highlighting issues of Women with Disabilities (WwDs) 2012-2013

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The Disability Rights Initiative has been taking an active role in bringing to the forefront issues and concerns of WwDs, who remain a very invisible minority within the women and disabled groups in India. Along-with other organisations, we have been working towards their right to equality, non-discrimination, inclusion, participation, right of choice and safety from violence.

In furtherance of this DRI has joined the Women with Disabilities India Network that was formed during a meeting organised on the subject by the Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC), Bhubaneshwar on 1st October 2012 in Delhi. This particular meeting was organised to identify and classify the critical areas of concern for WwDs, which could then be presented at the meeting being organised by NAWO in order to prepare the India Shadow Report under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). DRI also participated as a member of the team that made the presentation on the issues of WwDs at the NAWO meeting on the 2nd of October 2012 and is also actively involved in the preparation of the chapter on WwDs that will be included in the both the summary and the main Shadow Report to be presented before the CEDAW committee.

We were also part of the group that made a representation on the vulnerability of WwDs being victims of sexual abuse and the hurdles faced by them in the criminal justice system before Mr. Gopal Subramaniam, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and member of the Justice Verma Committee on the 14th of January, 2012 at Delhi. The Justice Verma Committee that had been formed to look into the criminal laws after the 16th December 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, took note of our submissions and included them in its report. Most of the submissions for changes in the procedural laws have been included in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 that was made on the basis of the Justice Verma Committee report. These amendments mainly include videography of the statement and testimony of disabled victim, provision for an interpreter or special educator in communicating with the disabled victim and for the police to go to victim instead of it being visa versa.

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Harmonizing Laws With The UNCRPD

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Harmonizing Laws With The UNCRPD

The United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), , the first Human Rights Treaty of the twenty first century that became operative in May 2008, breathes recognition into the rights of about 70 million persons with disabilities in India.

Since India has ratified this convention it is now under an obligation under Article 4.1 to;

(a) To adopt all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention;

(b) To take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination .

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A Report on Harmonizing India’s laws with UNCRPD

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A Report on Harmonizing India’s laws with UNCRPD

India ratified the UN convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in September 2007, and the convention subsequently came into force in May 2008. This convention required that India make a number of changes to its laws, policies, regulations, notifications, programs, and schemes. As a part of this process of bringing the legal instruments of India into compliance with the UN CRPD, the Indian government was required to consult with disabled people and their organizations on how best to fulfill the CRPD mandates. HRLN participated in this process along with a number of other NGOs, and together a series of recommendations were made to the government. Some of these recommendations involved expanding existing disability-specific .

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