Dubai to be a disability-friendly city by 2020

Updated 06 October 2015
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Dubai to be a disability-friendly city by 2020

DUBAI: The Executive Council of Dubai announced the launch of the “Dubai Inclusive Development Forum” which will take place at Madinat Jumeirah on Oct. 11 and 12.
The “Dubai Inclusive Development Forum” will be the first of its kind in the Emirate. It is a key move to achieve the aim of the ‘My Community’ initiative in establishing Dubai as a fully inclusive, disability-friendly city by the year 2020.
“We look forward to uncover future plans and steps that will be taken to take full advantage of the opportunities available, and overcome any obstacles that may stand in the way of persons with disabilities,” said Abdullah Al Shaibani, secretary-general of the Executive Council of Dubai and vice chairman of the Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
He spoke about the Law No. (2) of 2014 on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai. The law aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all their rights. It enhances their respect, preserves their dignity and protects them from all forms of discrimination or abuse, as well as highlights their potential abilities in contributing to the development of the community.
The new law envisages cooperation among all authorities concerned in Dubai to provide persons with disabilities health care, rehabilitation services and educational opportunities that are equal to those provided to their peers at all stages, he said.
“My Community… A City for Everyone” initiative aims at providing equal opportunities to everyone in the community, including persons with disabilities. The initiative also strengthens social solidarity, cooperation and inclusive unity to best serve the community, thus eliminating all forms of discrimination or abuse, and eventually turning Dubai into a disability-friendly city that ensures proper nurturing, justice and equal opportunities” said Khaled Al Kamda, director general of the Community Development Authority and member of the Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“The Dubai Inclusive Development Forum” is a platform for collective cooperation on five strategic pillars upon which the strategy for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities is based, including: social protection, availing public services and utilities, employment, education, health, habilitation and rehabilitation. Hence, the Forum will offer the opportunity to shed light on international experiences in these areas. Additionally, organizing special workshops during the forum will help impart knowledge and discuss these challenges with select international speakers,”added Al Kamda.
“We look forward to promoting our community’s culture, and providing a flexible life with equal opportunity for all persons with a disability. It is our duty to provide proper alternatives to ensure they live their lives and become active in the community like every other person in our society. It is also our duty to eliminate that sense of pity and charity toward persons with disabilities that still exists in some segments of our society and replace it with empowerment and respect for all,” he said.
Dr. Salem Ali Alshafei, director of Policies and Programs, Rights of Persons with Disabilities at The Executive Council of Dubai explained that the “Dubai Inclusive Development Forum” is being held for the first time in Dubai with the participation of select international and local experts, academics and specialists.
The forum will discuss integrating persons with disabilities, in addition to translating the UNCRPD into local laws and policies. The forum’s main objective will be to take practical steps toward successful implementation. The discussions will focus on assessing the current situation in order to integrate persons with disabilities into the community.


Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

Policemen stand guard in Tunis. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

  • Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

TUNIS: Police in Tunisia fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse demonstrators who protested after a young man died inside a police station near the coastal resort of Hammamet, witnesses said.
The young man was arrested on Friday after a fight between groups of youths in the town of Barraket Essahel, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of the capital Tunis, according to locals. While it was not immediately clear how he died, demonstrators blamed the security forces.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the young man had fainted after reaching the police station and died despite officers’ efforts to revive him. It said a judge had ordered an investigation.
Police in Barraket Essahel were not immediately available to comment.
Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.