Persons with disabilities around the world continue to be denied the right to work: Pillay

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Centre for the reintegration of disabled children. Kigali. Rwanda. (ILO PHOTO@Crozet M.)

The right to work is a fundamental human right inseparable for human dignity, but the millions of persons with disabilities around the world continue to be denied this right, remain excluded from the opportunity to realize themselves and to make a meaningful contribution to their communities.

That's what UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Human Rights Council's annual discussion on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday.

She pointed to three barriers to the world of work that often confronted persons with disabilities: accessibility to places of work, both in terms of physical access and via attitudes that created barriers to equal participation.

“Another major barrier preventing persons with disabilities from enjoying the right to work is lack of access to education and training in relevant skills. As a result of technical and vocational training strategies that take place in separate settings and which are guided by low and stigmatising expectations of their capacities, persons with disabilities may receive training for years without any expectation that they will one day find a job in the open labour market.”

Human rights Chief Navi Pillay said a third barrier is created through the lack of meaningful involvement of persons with disabilities in the development of legislation and policies related to their training and employment.

She called for capacity development of representative organisations of persons with disabilities to effectively take part in negotiations on their behalf.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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