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Jordan Ratifies Treaty to Facilitate the Access of Blind People to Classified and Published Works

2018-03-23

The Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities announced a Royal decree endorsing the Cabinet’s decision No. (6363) of 5 February: it ratifies the Marrakesh Convention to facilitate access to published works for the blind, the visually-impaired or other persons with disabilities in reading printable texts for 2013.

 

In a statement on Sunday, the council said that the treaty was in response to the urgent need to make data, information, literary and artistic publications accessible in ways and means accessible to persons with visual disabilities.

 

The Kingdom's ratification of the treaty comes after it has fulfilled an important part of the obligations that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities commits the State Parties to. It also enforces the anti-discrimination law on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Arab region. This is in addition to its implementation of the concluding remarks presented by the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities in the United Nations on the initial report of the Kingdom.

 

Under this treaty, the Kingdom, along with its various sectors, has new obligations in facilitating the access of persons with disabilities to data, information, literary and artistic publications in order to achieve the principle of equal opportunity. The Council will follow up on adhering to these commitments. This is a reflection of the efforts expended in the Kingdom in protecting human rights and the rights of persons with disabilities in the next phase.

 

It is worthy noting that the Kingdom's ratification of the treaty is a continuation of legal procedures as Jordan was one of the first countries to accede to the treaty since it was tabled for signature in 2013.