17 July 2013
Statement by Islamic Republic of Iran
On The sixth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
17 July 2013
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
At the outset, I would like to congratulate you on your election as the President of this important annual meeting and wish you every success in leading this conference.
The Islamic Republic of Iran as a party to the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities welcomes the sixth Conference of the States Parties to the Convention and accentuates on the empowerment and participation of persons with disabilities within the framework of the CRPD as the main theme of this conference.
We also welcome the coming High Level Meeting on Disability and Development to be held on 23rd of September, here in New York and expect the outcome and its follow up to be effective in improving both daily life and future life of persons with disabilities all over the world.
The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to the rights of persons with disabilities. Iran hosts nearly the biggest society of victims of chemical weapons in the world. They are only part of the hundreds of thousands of Iranians with disabilities who are victims of the imposed war by Saddam’s regime against Iran.
At the national level, the comprehensive act for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities which has been approved by the parliament of the Islamic republic of Iran covers wide range of the rights of persons with disabilities in the country from accessibility to empowerment and participation. Our government has sent many executive directives to different ministries and institutions in the implementation of the comprehensive act.
Article 7 of the comprehensive act stipulates that at least three percent of the employment in all governmental bodies must be allocated to eligible persons with disabilities.
Moreover, article 4 of the comprehensive act envisages that persons with disabilities are 50 percent discounted on all governmental sport, recreational, cultural and transportation facilities including air travels.
The State Welfare Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security is the focal point in the implementation of the Comprehensive act. This organization also supervises the implementation of the comprehensive act by the other governmental ministries and bodies.
In the implementation of the article 2 of the comprehensive act which is on accessibility, a national plan is incrementally being implemented to make all public places accessible to persons with disability.
In article 19 of the law of five year development plan of the country 2011 to 2016 comprehensive provisions are envisaged for the children with special needs.
In parallel to the governmental efforts, it is worth mentioning that the Iranian non governmental Society of Persons with Disabilities had great achievements both in quantity and quality during the past 3 decades. The number of NGOs and charities which are active on the rights of persons with disabilities is growing and the awareness raising among the public is on a rise, while defending the rights of persons with disabilities in different fora, including the parliament through a person with disability as representative is more and more seen throughout the country.
The Islamic Republic of Iran underlines the need to promote and strengthen international cooperation and exchange of good practices and partnerships for disability inclusive development, in support of national efforts.
In conclusion Mr. President,
As today, nearly one billion persons in the world are living with disability and 80 percent of them are living in the developing countries we believe that the inclusion of disability in the post-2015 development agenda is an imperative.
I Thank You Mr. President