LIBERIA: Nat’l Commission Wants Gov’t Avert Discrimination Against Disabled

The Executive Director of the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD), Ricardia Dennis, has called for government’s intervention to help prevent discrimination against People With Disabilities (PWD).

Dennis made the call at the weekend when she addressed a one-day workshop held

under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

Dennis noted that the workshop was intended to ensure that Liberians recognize that people with disabilities enjoy legal rights and support like all others in all aspects of life.

She indicated that the Liberian Government needs to promote the rights of people with disabilities to express themselves in legal, political, economic and social spheres.

Dennis observed that this will allow them to implement measures to ensure that they are free from exploitation, violence, abuse and cruel treatment.

She noted that issues of disability are found in all ministries and agencies, adding that PWDs are not recognized in some of these government institutions.

“I must admit that most ministries don’t have anywhere that crippled people use in order to get upstairs in their buildings, which is not a good thing for PWDs,” Dennis emphasized.

She pointed out that most PWDs are capable of working in an environment with physically fit people, noting that government needs to include their issues in the implementation of human rights instruments and institutions at the national level.

It can be recalled that in 2010, the Government of Liberia signed the Continental Plan of Action (CPOA) which ensures that laws and public regulations in workplaces facilitate equality that the disabled have access to justice and freedom of expression, among others.

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