The dialogue on new disability law to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Cambodia

The dialogue on new disability law to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Cambodia

On 25 June 2021, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Ben Gauntlett, and the Charge d’Affaires at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Mr. Luke Arnold, held a dialogue  with His Excellency Em Chan Makara, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY) and the Secretary General of the Disability Action Council (DAC) on Cambodia’s newly proposed Disability Law.

The purpose of the meeting was to share and discuss mutual experiences and best practices on the development and implementation of disability legislation in Australia and the South-East Asian region.

The meeting was a useful opportunity for Dr. Gauntlett to share Australia’s experiences in developing and implementing disability-inclusive legislation. H.E Makara and Dr. Gauntlett also discussed Australia’s experience of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

“I hope this dialogue leads to ongoing collaboration between the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Cambodian Government to achieve our shared goal of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in line with the UNCRPD,” Mr. Arnold said.

Appreciating the efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Dr. Gauntlett stated, “I commend the Government of Cambodia for its commitment to this critical human rights issue, and for taking this important step in disability rights law reform”.

H.E Em Chan Makara expressed his deep appreciation of the Australian Government’s commitment and welcomed the support of the AHRC team towards supporting persons with disabilities in Cambodia. He also heartily thanked Mr. Luke Arnold and the Australian Government for their longstanding friendship and support to improving the disability sector in Cambodia and hoped this meeting would lead to ongoing collaboration between the two countries by exchanging study visits, technical support, and training.

The discussion took place in the context of Cambodia developing a new Disability Law to align with its obligations under the UNCRPD. Prior to the meeting, the Australian Embassy and the AHRC provided technical advice to DAC on how best to incorporate a rights-based approach in the new Disability Law.

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, is working in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and Implementing Partners to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Cambodia.For more information, visit: https://cambodia.embassy.gov.au/…/20210625-Media…