Pyongyang, December 5 (KCNA) — The High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asia and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was held in Beijing, China from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.
A DPRK delegation led by the ambassador for human rights of the Foreign Ministry took part in the meeting.
Referring to the efforts of the DPRK government for protection and promotion of human rights of the persons with disabilities, the head of the delegation said at the meeting:
It is an urgent issue above anything else to provide environment and condition for us to concentrate all our efforts on the peaceful economic construction to improve the people’s livelihood if we are to take active part in the activities in the Asia and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities and to fully implement the human rights instruments including the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities.
Now in our country an all-people drive is in full swing to successfully carry out the 5-year strategy for national economic development from 2016 to 2020 under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK.
The 5-year strategic plan is aimed at laying foundation for sustainable economic development and decisively improving the people’s livelihood. Once it is implemented, great advancement will be made in our activities for the Asia and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities and in the implementation of the human rights conventions.
However, our effort for this peaceful economic construction is faced with serious challenges.
The sanctions imposed by the United States and its followers obstruct the enjoyment of human rights of our people in every way and encroach deep into the fields of activities for the protection of the persons with disabilities.
Some countries under the strenuous pressure of the U.S. stopped the delivery of medical equipment and medicines for the maternal and infant health to our country and create indiscriminate difficulties even for the production of equipment, prosthesis and orthopedic tools for the persons with disabilities and the purchase of teaching aids and furnishings.
We hold that the inhuman sanctions of all sorts that trample down on the humanitarian ideals and the principles of international human rights instruments cannot be justified with anything and they should be put to an end immediately and unconditionally.
We reject politicization, selectivity and double standards in human rights and are also resolutely opposed to any attempt to use the human rights issues for ulterior political purposes.
The meeting discussed the future policy direction, effective ways of performance and others, along with the midpoint review of the Asia and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, essence of which was to ensure that the disabled can take part in all fields of social activities. And the relevant Beijing Declaration and plan of action were adopted there.
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