The rights of persons with disabilities in Kuwait, between reform efforts and Contemporary challenges.
Okeil: The Kuwaiti model of the rights of persons with disabilities is honorable, however, we look forward to more efforts.
Kuwait acceded to the International Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 22/08/2013, and the Government of Kuwait submitted its first report on 24/092015. The rights of persons with disabilities are undoubtedly the essence of human rights; whereas this category needs the utmost care in all nations. Also, all religious statutes, International conventions, and norms have provided for its protection.
Therefore, and on the basis of Maat’s responsibility for promoting human rights worldwide, especially in the Arab World, Maat has conducted this report in conjunction with the review of the Government of Kuwait to meet its obligations under the Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
By reviewing the Kuwaiti file of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is no doubt that, Kuwait is one of the most concerned countries with this file thereof. However, there are still some inquiries about the legal gaps that are still remaining so far, in addition to real violations against persons with disabilities. At the end of the report, Maat has provided some recommendations to the Government of Kuwait as follows:
Reform of the legislative structure on the rights of persons with disabilities in line with the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
To make further efforts to restore practical measures taken to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
The necessity of complying with the categories of persons with disabilities, of which are defined and divided by the law into four categories (kinetic, auditory, visual, mental), in order to prevent the addition of those who do not deserve the classification, which imposes an extra burden on the disabled and thus leads to the failure to provide their rights.
Remove any obstacles related to the completion of procedures of persons with disabilities on their own, such as finding alternative to the Trustee System applied in banks in dealing with people with visual impairments.
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