Consultative Meeting organised by the Disability Action Council on Amending the Law on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Consultative Meeting organised by the Disability Action Council on Amending the Law on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On January 19th, the Disability Action Council (DAC) organised a Consultative Meeting on Amending the Law on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. With the support of the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, and in partnership with UNDP, the event attracted the Disability Action Council, Line Ministries, UNDP, and representative from the Australian Embassy to Cambodia.

The purpose of the meeting was to review and finalise the first Zero Draft of the Disability Law Amendment which has been proposed by DAC’s technical working group, and to develop an action plan to proceed with next steps and finalize the draft of the new suggested Amendment.

Mr. David Bloch, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy to Cambodia said in the meeting: “The Government of Australia has partnered for more than a decade with the Royal Government of Cambodia to enhance the rights of persons with disabilities on initiatives such as the Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia and now the ACCESS Program to enhance the rights of persons with disabilities. Disability inclusion is central to all areas of our international development agenda.”

H.E. Em Chan Makara, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and Secretary General of the Disability Action Council Secretariat expressed his appreciation to the Australian Government for its partnership and support to social affairs and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Cambodia.