GFD brainstorms on new Disability Act

DSC_0540The Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) has expressed concern about the non-existence of a Legislative Instrument (LI) that will empower its members to challenge institutions for non-compliance with the disability law.

It said although parliament passed the Persons with Disability (PWDs) Act, 2006, there was no LI to operationalise the Act.

Mr Frederick Ofosu, Programme Manager for the GFD said this at a workshop organised by the GFD in Accra last Friday.

It brought together stakeholders from both private and public institutions to seek their input in developing an LI for a new Disability Act drafted by the federation and proposed to government for adoption.

Mr Ofosu explained that the PWDs Act, 2006, does not conform to that of the United Nations Conventionon Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD), hence the need for a new act.

For example, he said the act lacked key concerns like disability right to protection, women with disabilities, rights of children with disabilities and inherent right to life, which have now been infused in the new act.

“The PWDs Act (2006) is deficient in the protection against inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, protecting the integrity of the person, right to liberty of movement and nationality, freedom of expression and opinion and access to information.

“Although Ghana is a signatory to the UNCRPD, ratifying a convention does not make it too obligatory because it does not become an automatic part of a law. So the federation had infused the UNCRPD into the new act for adoption” he said.

Dr B. I. Koray, Senior State Attorney and member of the federation said the new act significantly seeks redress the profound social disadvantage of PWDs and promotes their participation in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural spheres with equal opportunities.

He noted that a Draft Gap Analysis Report on the PWDs Act 2006 carried out by the Law and Development Associate revealed that the PWDs Act 2006 suffers some poor drafting errors.

BY BERNRAD BENGHAN

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