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HCD announces the results of first monitoring report


(Amman – HCD) - The Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), on Tuesday, announced the results of the First Annual Report on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and Their Rights in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the Year 2018, following the submission of the report to the Prime Minister and the presidents of the Senate and the Lower House of Parliament.

The launch of the report is in line with the provisions of Article 9 of the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities No. (20) of 2017, which stipulates that HCD is to  issue an annual report on the status of persons with disabilities in the Kingdom, including the accomplishments achieved at the national level in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities, and their inclusion and access to public services.

The report includes the challenges in relation to the implementation of policies, strategies and relevant national legislation. It also touches on the extent to which the various government entities have applied the national policy and the provisions of this law, developed by the Council, in addition to the extent to which the commitment to the contents of the conventions and the resultant memorandums of understanding (MOUs) has been upheld. This is in addition to the monitored complaints and violations, and the process of dealing with same, as well as recommendations at the level of policies, legislation, and practices in order to improve performance and enhance the quality of services provided to persons with disabilities.

HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, President of HCD, stressed that the report is an embodiment of HCD’s role as the authority entrusted by the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with the task of national monitoring at the governmental level.  He underscored the importance of concerned entities adopting the recommendations highlighted in the report, and the necessity of developing operational and procedural plans for implementation.

This report is the result of a comprehensive review of legislation, which was conducted by a specialized monitoring team formed by HCD, which in turn held a series of consultations and discussions with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations  and surveyed information on the extent to which the various governmental entities have implemented the provisions of the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This report constitutes HCD’s  first experience in issuing the report at the national level, and the Council hopes that the report will form a solid basis for an effective and reliable national mechanism to monitor the status of the rights of persons with disabilities.

The report highlighted many challenges and gaps at the executive level and the level of commitment of concerned authorities to the provisions of the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the report indicated the low number of students with disabilities enrolled in government schools as a result of the exclusion they experience from educational institutions.

The report recommended amending some legislation in order to achieve equal opportunities in these areas, as well as making policies, strategies and budgets of ministries and public institutions inclusive of the rights of persons with disabilities.