Dedicated human and financial resources must be made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework on refugees and migrants, said UN experts on Wednesday, reports UNB.
The experts are Jose Brillantes, the Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of Their Families, and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Theresia Degener, the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Brillantes, Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of Their Families.
Their remarks came in a statement on 'Addressing disabilities in large-scale movements of refugees and Migrants' as an intergovernmental consultation is being launched.
The framework, which is called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and is due to be adopted in 2018, will set out a range of principles and commitments among governments to enhance coordination on international migration, according to the statement the news agency received from Geneva.
"We need to be sure that, when world leaders commit to saving the lives of refugees and migrants, to protecting their rights and to sharing responsibility on a global scale, they don't forget about persons with disabilities," said Jose Brillantes.
"We are deeply concerned about the precarious situation of persons with disabilities in the current migration crisis. Many countries lack formal procedures to identify migrants and refugees with disabilities and, consequently, fail to provide them with protection and essential services, such as shelter and medical care that are accessible and responsive to their needs," said Catalina Devandas Aguilar.
Currently, the absence of clearly defined disability-inclusive guidelines supported by sufficient funding further contributes to the exclusion of persons with disabilities and their extreme suffering.
"The new Global Compact is a unique opportunity to address the shortcomings of a migration and refugee system built on policies that lack consideration for persons with disabilities.
We call on States to ensure the new framework includes dedicated human and financial resources to identify persons with disabilities in reception and detention centres and to provide adequate standards of living and healthcare, including psycho-social support.