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Sense International urges Kenyan government to turn commitment to protect the rights of persons with disabilities into reality

19 August 2015

International deafblind charity Sense International has today (19 August) responded to the Kenyan Government’s renewed commitments made to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities currently being held at the Palais Wilson in Geneva.

The purpose of the Committee is to review the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ensure that each country fulfils their obligations.

Following a briefing submission from Sense International which highlighted several rights issues of persons with deafblindness, the Committee posed questions to the Kenyan government concerning social exclusion and access to services for persons with deafblindness. The Kenyan delegation, led by the Attorney General and comprised of various senior government officials, did not provide a response to the Committee.

Advocacy and Policy Manager, Bailey Grey said:

“Sense International is pleased that issues important to persons with deafblindness in Kenya were put before the Kenyan government at the Committee. 

“We welcome the progress that has been made in Kenya to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. We are pleased to hear that the Kenyan Government will review the Disability Act, and that they are committed to reaching children with disabilities that are still out of school. These commitments, if turned into action, could benefit persons with deafblindness.

“However, we are disappointed that the government did not provide information regarding the steps that they have taken to reduce the social exclusion of persons with deafblindness. We also are concerned that the Kenyan government only provides cash transfer benefits to individuals requiring ‘almost 24-hour care’. This decision does not reflect the realities of families and individuals with serious disabilities.

“We look forward to reading the Concluding Observations of the Committee in the coming months and urge the Kenyan Government to turn its laws, policies and commitments into practice for persons with deafblindness.”  

 

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017