The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will be organising a national consultation in collaboration with disabled persons’ organisations, community leaders and individuals to ascertain the challenges faced by them in realizing their rights in terms of accessibility and discrimination.
Commission Director, Ashwin Raj highlighted this in a meeting with the Fiji Disabled People’s Federation to foster collaboration on raising awareness on rights of persons with disabilities.
The Commission also briefed the federation about their new information eco‑system and the complaints management system which will ensure persons with disabilities are able to easily access the services of the Commission. The work on a disability‑friendly complaints management system has also commenced.
The Commission will work towards translating its key resource materials such as posters on rights of arrested and detained persons in braille and producing audio recordings so that persons with disabilities know their rights in relation to accessibility, access to public transportation, public convenience and access to information.
Other areas the Commission will be working on includes the plight of the persons with psycho-social disability and children with disability.
Raj says that it is important that persons with disabilities have access to information so they can make informed decisions.