China’s National Human Rights Plan (and its inclusion of Disability) – Day In Washington Policy Podcast #37
Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast – Episode Summary: Day in Washington looks at Disability policy issues both here in the United States and also abroad. This week’s episode is focused on China. In 1993, the United Nations called on countries to establish a national human rights plan. On Monday, the Chinese government published its first working plan on human rights protection, the 26th country to do so. This new plan is about 54 pages long and highlights various human rights that would be promoted and protected, including disability. The specific section is “Rights and Interests of Ethnic Minorities, Women, Children, Elderly People and the Disabled.”
According to the plan, there are more than 83 million people with disabilities in China. I have to admit, considering the high percentage of disability in most countries the estimate seems unusally low, covering only 6% of the population. The text of the plan for disability seems to have seven areas of focus: Legal, Prevention/Rehabilitation, Environmental, Education, Employment, Poverty, and Culture. Click below for the link to the full text file with language from the plan and my comments.
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