The authorities concerned of the government should have taken opinions from non-government stakeholders before sending its initial report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to the United Nations, speakers at a discussion on CRPD alternative report said yesterday.
Bangladesh Legal Aid Service Trust (BLAST) organised the discussion at Azimur Rahman conference hall in The Daily Star Centre.
BLAST will send the alternative report to UNCRPD committee on behalf of different non-government organisations that work for disabled persons.
On April 18, 2017, Bangladesh government submitted its initial report to UNCRPD committee on disability.
UNCRPD working group will hold a meeting in Geneva on April 8, 2019 to discuss these reports, sources said.
A six-member team of BLAST, all of them persons with disabilities, prepared the alternative report.
Advocate Rejaul Karim Siddiquee, head of the team, told The Daily Star, “In fact, there is a difference between the reality and the report prepared by the government. We have pointed out the flaws in that report.”
Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, former member of UNCRPD committee on disability, said, “This report is not the end, it's only a beginning. We have to continue the discussion to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.”
Abdul Hie Mondol, president of National Grassroots Disability Organization; Mohua Paul, vice-chairperson of Access Bangladesh Foundation; and Osman Khalid, chairman of Society of the Deaf and Sign Language Users, spoke at the programme among others.