UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar

United Nations Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas-Aguilar will carry out her first visit to Zambia from 18 to 28 April 2016.

She will be examining the situation of persons with disabilities including older persons, women and children with disabilities – as well as legislation, policies and programmes in place for the enjoyment of their rights.

“During my ten-day visit, I will focus on the level of enjoyment of the rights of persons with disabilities in Zambia, in areas such as social protection, education, mental health, access to justice, and deprivation of liberty,” the human rights expert said.

“Given the current pre-electoral context in Zambia, I am also keen to assess how the right of persons with disabilities to participate in political and public life is being addressed in the electoral process, ahead of the general elections of August,” Ms. Devandas-Aguilar noted. 

The Special Rapporteur reports to the UN Human Rights Council and advises on the realisation of the rights of persons with disabilities word-wide, including by supporting Governments to identify good practices, opportunities, challenges and protection gaps in this area.
Her work is guided by the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities* and other international human rights standards.

The expert, who will visit the country at the invitation of the Government of Zambia, will meet with government representatives at national and local levels, as well as with organizations of persons with disabilities, other civil society actors, UN officials and international donors.

She will visit Lusaka and Ndola.

“I look forward to engaging with authorities, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations and other actors to better understand how the rights of persons with disabilities are implemented in Zambia, the practical approaches that have been prioritised, and the policies, programmes and decisions that have either helped or hampered the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities,” Ms. Devandas-Aguilar explained.

On 28 April 2016, Ms. Devandas Aguilar will hold a press conference at the Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel in Lusaka to share with the media her preliminary observations on the visit.

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23 COMMENTS

    • Over reacting. Lungu is on control and the country’s human rights are under control.

      To be fair a white person sees most of what we blacks can’t see because they are genetically superior.

      So I somewhat understand albeit reluctantly.

      Thanks

      Bb2014

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    • She will be crying all week long to see negligence of the PF.
      And who is PF minister of the disabled?

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    • MUSHOTA, ARE YOU REALLY EDUCATED, AND DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF MAN? I AM REALLY SHOCKED FOR AN EDUCATED PERSON LIKE YOURSELF (SO YOU CLAIM) TO SAY WHITE PEOPLE ARE GENETICALLY, SUPERIOR. ANYWAY, LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON ON THE BLOG I WILL JUST CONSIDER YOU AS SOMETHING FOR JUST ENTERTAINMENT AND NOT FOR SERIOUS SOURCE OF INTELLECTUAL AND WISE INFORMATION. BUT, FOR YOUR OWN INFORMATION, (BLACK) AFRICANS WERE THE FIRST HUMAN BEINGS TO BE CREATED AND THIS IS ACCEPTED BY THE WHITES THEMSELVES. IN FACT WHITES ARE NEVER SUPERIOR THAN ANY OTHER RACE. IF ANYTHING IT’S AFRICANS WHO CAN CLAIM SUPERIORITY BUT LET’S JUST CONFINE OURSELVES TO YOUR IGNORANCE.

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  1. Hope the visit will yield something special for these people, And you political commenters comment something on this special visit other than insulting yourselves on political and non relevant issues.

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  2. I hope this UN rep will also analyse the mental disabilities that UPND members are suffering from…2006,2008,2011,2015 and now 2016 is that not madness???

    “Madness is doing the exact same thing over and over again but expecting a different result”
    Albert Einstein

    But yes indeed a lot needs to be done to assist our brothers and sisters that are less physically and mentally able this is one area all past governments except for Kaunda’s have lacked behind on. KK was very serious about empowering people with disabilities. The Late HE MCS also had a very big heart for people with disabilties but still more must be done.

    2016 ECL nafuti

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    • @2020vision as you were.Waya sana binge.How many times did Sata try.This year its for HH simple.Stop urinating in your trousers UN is here to assess a lot of things.Thats Lungu is trembling with fear by announcing that they have caught the ritual killers when infact not.PF and human rights record is bad.Next to come is John Kerry and USA special navy will follow to remove these criminals ,murderous and rapists PF.

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  3. After this visit, she will write a report, it will gather dust on the shelf, she gets her allowance and update her CV. What a great story!!!!

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  4. She must also condem human rights abuses by PF govt on innocent citizens as they have already seen how lawyer Mushipe’s law firm was broken into with impunity. HH 2016

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  5. If the UN donated any money to disabled causes, you will find the PF have stolen it all.
    Sorry madam.

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  6. Why can’t she go Syria a and access the abuse of human rights by government and isis? Surely thats the right place for her and NOT Zambia.

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  7. How is this headline news …UN experts fly in and out every week; you don’t need an expert to fly in at great expense and then right a report telling you that there is lack of funding. This is why I would never donate to these charitable organisations to much administration.

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  8. LT “sleeping” Editor a woman by the name of Linda Kasonde, just got elected as LAZ President and there is no mention of this on your website. She is the first woman to elected into that position.
    She obtained her LLB Degree from the University of Leicester in England in 2000. In 2007, Ms. Kasonde obtained a commercially-biased Masters Degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Cape Town. She has been practicing law for 13 years now. Since her admission to the Zambian Bar, Ms. Kasonde has worked as an Advocate at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women and was employed at her current firm in 2004 and rose to the position of partner in 2009 and in 2014 became the first female to be elevated to the position of named partner in a top ranked firm in Zambia.

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  9. Start with Hakainde, he is very disabled in his head. The chap has a lot of sewage water in his head. Then move onto VJ, Canicius and other memtaly disabled UPND cadres.

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  10. Let her go to southern province and check why these people are bitter and tribal. And she has to give us a report so that we know why.

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  11. Something is amiss. Zambia needs to reflect or Zambia’s motto is but just an outward appeasement. The other day was Secretary of State and today is the UN expert! Some greed 1d10ts are controlling things as though they own Zambian; Pump in dollars when they want, avail maize when they feel like, close University and open at their discretion, start projects and halt them as they wish, doctor the constitution in their tenor, mourn who they wish, travel with whom they prefer at national expense, control all media houses, buy any unprincipled MP and turn him/her to a useful 1d10ts etc

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  12. One Zambia One Nation and Zambia is a Christian Nation do not mean anything in Zambian anymore. It is just illusion. It is like not real just the names we are using on this platform. 1d10ts are throwing insults on a person who has defined her agenda and revealed herself fully! While you hide in your death trap shell like a tortoise and feel comfortable at a mess of the once beloved country. You are all cowards and best known for regrouping on wrong things. Here you condemn the UN Special Reporter on human right yet 100% of you are blogging as Mr or Ms X hiding your identity without knowing why you do that! It is bad human rights record you 1d10ts!!!!

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  13. The UN visit is welcome along as they don’t tell us that abortion is a woman’s right. It’s killing a baby who is a person

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