Private Notice Question: Laws And New Actions For Disabled People

There will be a new bill for the disabled soon, amendments to the Constitution to eliminate all forms of discrimination against them and measures advocating an inclusive education system for children with disabilities.

This was announced by Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, Minister of Social Security at the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 12. She was responding to a Private Notice Question of Paul Bérenger. The minister said the government will make every effort to improve the situation of the disabled.

According to the opposition leader, the Report of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would be “damning” to Maurice. He said he has trouble understanding the “optimism” of the Minister on the subject. Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo immediately followed with the measures proposed by her ministry. She also announced that a first draft of the Disability Bill will soon be submitted for approval to the Council of Ministers before being circulated to relevant partners and presented to the National Assembly.

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The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, which includes provisions to curb any form of discrimination against the disabled, is being finalized. Specific measures are also on the agenda for a more inclusive education system that takes account of children with disabilities in schools.

Faced against additional questions from Paul Berenger, Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo reiterated the willingness of the Government, through its Ministry and those of education and child development, to do everything for the disabled, especially children, are not considered citizens of lesser importance.

Moreover, following the signing of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 by Mauritius, the approach has moved from a medical model of disability to a social model of disability. Mauritius adheres to the principles of the Convention and work in the implementation of its provisions.

The minister stressed that the government will come up with amendments to legislation on the training and employment of the disabled, to punish more severely those employers who do not respect the law. Also provided the obligation of parastatals and public enterprises to recruit a certain percentage of disabled people, the establishment of a national database on disability or the requirement for developers to provide in their projects, appropriate facilities for the disabled.