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Child friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities released in Uzbekistan

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11 March 2016
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Ministry of Public Education of uzbekistan, National Human Rights Center and UNICEFlaunched a child friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entitled «It’s About Ability» on March 10, 2016.

Participants of the event — representatives of the ministries, NGOs as well as education professional from the regions of Uzbekistan who attended the ceremony online, underlined the importance and timeliness of this publication, and discussed issues about the situation of children with disabilities in Uzbekistan.

The publication «It’s About Ability» shows that disability does not mean incapability. It showcases disability as a diversity that enriches humankind, and highlights that the focus should be on the child, and not on the disability. Children with disabilities should be valued as active participants and contributors, not as beneficiaries of charity.

In General Comment # 9, the Committee on the Rights of the Child clearly emphasizes that children with disabilities should enjoy maximum inclusion in the areas of health and education. And this maximum inclusion stresses dignity, self-reliance and active participation of children with disabilities.

«Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups all over the world. Estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world, but numbers could be much higher," said Mr. Robert Fuderich, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. «UNICEF’s vision is to build a world where every child can grow up healthy, protected from harm and educated, so they can reach their full potential. Every day we’re working to make this vision a reality. No matter who they are or where they are born, we reach out to the most vulnerable children wherever and whenever they need us," he added.

This new publication is illustrated with drawings, poemsand notes created by children with disabilities. They do not want to be invisible. Rather, they wish to participate activelyin the family and society. And it is responsibility of all adults to fulfill all rights of all children, including children with disabilities. Everyone has a role to play in realizing the principles of the CRC and CRPD, including governments, employers, disabled people’s organizations, parents’ associations, and international agencies, in order to build a world fit for children.

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