Roundtable: ”Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”
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30 November 2015

Today, the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Republic of Moldova and Technical Cooperation Bureau with the Embassy of Austria organized a roundtable for the discussions of “Feasibility Study on Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratification opportunity”.

The aim of the study is to analyze the possibility of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (OP to UNCRPD) by the Republic of Moldova and to assess the legislation of the Republic of Moldova together with jurisprudence of the Convention in lights of the aggregate provisions of the Protocol.

Acting deputy minister Mr. Boris Gilca discussed the importance of adjustment of the national legal framework to the international standards necessary for promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities. “Within the last couple of years, we have initiated a large number of the projects related to the social inclusion of the persons with disabilities. The ratification of this Protocol will reaffirm Republic of Moldova’s undertakings for consolidation of the national mechanism designed for implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities”, deputy minister Gilca declared.  

Austria is amongst the first states which ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Being present at the roundtable, Social attache with the Embassy of Austria in Chisinau, Mr. Gero Stuller, saluted the undertakings of the Republic of Moldova to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. “The Embassy of Austria, together with other development partners, is interested in encouragement and continuation of the relevant state policies”, Stuller declared.

From a human rights protection perspective, the Convention is a chance for the persons with disabilities to exercise their rights in a broad manner. “This document describes the mechanism for reinstatement of the rights of persons with disabilities. The ratification of the Protocol is only possible with the concurrence of the authorities”, emphasized Mr. Evghenii Golosceapov, Program Coordinator, Justice and Human Rights, UNDP Moldova.

The study was made with the support of the United Nations Development Program within “Consolidation of the law supremacy and human rights protection in Moldova” Project, financed by Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and External Affairs, co-financed and implemented by UNDP Moldova, in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The draft of the study is available here http://www.un.md/publicdocget/345

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