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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Somalia.

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I am calling on Federal Parliament of Somalia, the somali federal government and the President of Somalia to Sign and Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Convention is the first human rights treaty of the 21st century; and the President of the United States signed the treaty on July 30, 2009 and it is now necessary to ratify the treaty to give it the force of law.

As an advocate of Persons with Disabilities, I support the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

People with Disabilities are Somalia's largest minority population, as well as the only minority anyone can become a member of at any time. Disabilities, in Somalia is a number that is rapidly growing in our population.

Why is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities important?

Somalia has been a war-torn society over two decades

Somalia became an independent State 1960, and formed a civilian system of governance that lasted 9 years term. The civilian government was critically and the the citizen were divided into several clans and Sub-Clans. After regime collapse in early 1991 Somalia descended into turmoil,factional fighting, and anarchy. Each Somali clans and Sub-Clans named their own warrior or political party in order to defend their existence.

After long years of civil wars Somalia lost some of their hop and ambitions and we are desperate for a system of governance,  there we can invest our trust in, system that protect us against injustices and guards our rights to life, to own property to enjoy basic freedoms, and to exercise their freewill.

People with disabilities in Somalia face serious restraints, beatings, involuntary treatment even by their own families. Children with disabilities are isolated from playing with other children by their own parents and they have no possibility of challenging their conditions.

Many children, youths and adults living with disabilities remain uneducated and illiterate.

Many of them are unable to support themselves, contribute to their households or fully participate in their communities and the only way for them is to begging which only serves to reinforce the stigma.

Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others every day.They are denied their rights to be included in the general school system, to be employed, to live independently in the community, to move freely, to vote, to participate in sport and cultural activities, to enjoy social protection, to access justice, to choose medical treatment and to enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property.

should we break the trend, we need to get help from the public

Article 132. Provisions Applicable to an Amendment to the Constitution Proposed After the
Expiry of the First Term of the Federal Parliament

(3) The process of amendment may be initiated by the federal or a state government, a member of the federal legislature or a petition signed by at least 20,000 citizens.

(4) A motion for the amendment of the Constitution may be introduced into either house of the federal

 



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