The Committee held the meeting with the diplomatic missions and international organizations to introduce the bill on Rights of Persons with Disabilities scheduled for the III reading in the Parliament.
The meeting was also attended by the Vice-Prime Minister, Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani, Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Sofo Kiladze, the member of the Human Rights Committee, Chair of the Faction “Georgian Dream” Rati Ionatamishvili and the USAID Georgia Deputy Mission Director, David Hoffman.
As noted, the process of development of the bill was quite complicated and complex with engagement of the Justice Ministry, the Parliament, public organizations, representatives of the communities of the persons with disabilities and donors. All the parties engaged clearly state that the bill was developed with a wide consensus and is purposed to improve the rights and conditions of the persons with disabilities in their routine life.
“The issue of the persons with disabilities is one of the key priorities for our country and the society, especially lately. The Government has made effective steps to improve the state of these persons, though the greatest step taken and a drastic breakthrough is this bill submitted for the III reading to the Parliament. I would like to thank the Justice Minister and her team for working on this bill as it was not easy since there are so many issues accumulated in this document. Naturally, the dissent existed and the bill has been jointly developed”, - S. Kiladze noted.
The Justice Minister, T. Tsulukiani stated that it is important that this historical step is taken in cooperation with the Human Rights Committee: “We are so close to the historical moment when the Parliament votes for the bill on Persons with Disabilities with the III reading. It is the law expected by the whole country for decades. This process was in a deadlock for years, though the Government of Georgia and the Human Rights Committee managed to revive the working group and in cooperation with NGOs, develop the bill in the Justice Ministry concerning the persons with disabilities in our country”.
She reminded the preconditions of development of the bill and noted that “this meeting is important to sum up the hard work of us all and wish good luck to the bill since it is to create the basis for the revolutionary changes in reality of every person with disability in the country. By this law, Georgia will move to the social model”.
R. Ioanatamishvili also introduced the detailed presentation on the bill stating that this bill was so urgent and relevant as it creates the legal guarantees: “This law is to enhance the organizations of the persons with disabilities and determine the coordination mechanisms between the Governmental institutions and agencies, so, it is paramount for the persons with disabilities. It is also important to introduce these novelties to our international partners, USAID and Embassies”, - he noted.