Vietnamese policy-makers on July 10 organised a workshop to seek input from
local and international experts on a draft law on the protection of people with
disabilities in Vietnam .
The workshop, the third of this type, was
organised by Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped and the Ministry of Labour,
War Invalids and Social Welfare.
It will be the last forum to gather
constructive opinions for the draft bill before it is submitted to the
government and the National Assembly for approval.
This is the proper
time for Vietnam to prepare such a law, as Vietnam can now use as a guideline
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a
document it signed in 2007, and at the same time tap the experience of countries
all around the world, said Kathleen Blank, Attorney and Programme Specialist of
the US National Council on Disability.
Eric Rosenthal, an expert from the
United Nations Children’s Fund, suggested the draft law should have a special
section tailored to the protection and mainstreaming of children with
Daniel Mont, Senior Economist of the World Bank, said the
bank is willing to assist the drafting procedures, particularly in terms of data
As a representative of the disabled people, Nguyen Hong Ha,
Director of the Hanoi-based Independent Living Centre, suggested there should be
a monitoring agency to supervise implementation of the law once it has come into
Some even voiced the need to increase access to information
technology for the people living with disabilities./.