Hill Country Disability Group

Disabled People's Rights

Q. What are disabled people's rights and do they live by these rights in Sri Lanka?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (Article 1) and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind (Article 2).

People with disabilities therefore have the same rights as all of us, to express their views, to work, to have a reasonable standard of living. But, we do not believe these rights are fully realised for people with disabilities.

This is why we are committed to enabling people with disabilities to form Disabled People's Organisations at local level and at national level, to ensure that they can express their views, raise their public profile, and gain greater recognition for their rights in Sri Lankan society.

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