July 07, 2017

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MCPD looks to increase inclusivity of persons with disabilities

Rules and regulations are not coming yet despite a period of 180 days is over following the promulgation of the Disable Rights Law, Myanmar Council of Persons with Disabilities says.
Rules and regulations are not coming yet despite a period of 180 days is over following the promulgation of the Disable Rights Law, Myanmar Council of Persons with Disabilities says.

PEOPLE living with a disability have had their hopes boosted of achieving more inclusion in society following the election of disabled candidates in the country’s 2015 election, said the Myanmar Council of Persons with Disabilities yesterday.
According to the MCPD, three disabled parliamentarian-elects in regions and states emerged from the 2015 general elections held in November.
“We have high hopes of making society more inclusive of persons with disabilities through the efforts of three parliamentarian-elects who emerged from the recent general elections,” said MCPD’s vice-chairperson Dr Ko Ko Oo.
“There will be a louder voice to promote the rights of people with disabilities in parliament, focusing on the issue of disability with their own points of views,” he said at the commemoration of the International Day of Disabled Persons 2015 in Yangon.
Two of the three parliamentarian-elects are Saw Thura Aung from Oakpo of Bago and U Aung Kyaw Myat from Einme of Ayeyawady Region who won seats in their respective regional parliaments. Both are from the National League for Democracy.
The NLD’s Patron U Tin Oo who graced the event stated in his address that there will be a greater focus on the issue ofdisability, hoping to see more work done in the future.
U Nyunt Aung, general secretary of the council, said that people living with disabilities are not burdens on society, adding that they will be a power for change as they have a lot to contribute to the country if they are provided with the necessary support.
According to the 2014 nationwide census, Myanmar has a population of more than 2.3 million people with disabilities, accounting for 4.6 percent of the country’s total population of over 51 million.
In her words of encouragement to disabled people, Khin Hnin Kyi Tha, a solo volunteer helping people in need, described the actions of those who want to discriminate against people with disabilities as immoral.
On 5 June this year the Myanmar government passed the Disable Rights Law that allows the disabled to have voting rights and the right to be elected.
The Myanmar Council of Persons with Disabilities formed with 21 members representing four groups of disabled people is a national association of disability rights organizations.
In Myanmar, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment.

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