President Mbeki Proposes Disability Rights Watchdog For
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 6, 2003
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--The African continent needs a watchdog to monitor how nations are handling disability rights issues, President Thabo Mbeki said Tuesday.
"It is not on the screen of many governments except as a charity or welfare matter," Mbeki explained on the last day of the Disability African Regional Consultative Conference.
According to BuaNews, the week-long conference sought to discuss the proposed UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities, the evaluation of the African Decade for Disabled Persons and making the continent's recovery plan, Nepad, sensitive and responsive to disability issues.
Some African countries have passed laws regarding the rights of people with disabilities. Mbeki suggested that there should to be a way to monitor how countries are progressing in those areas, and identify the countries that have not yet responded to the needs of their citizens.
"(This) so that we are able to ask, 'why have no decisions being taken? Why is there no national program focused on this matter?'"