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“The government’s response did not accurately convey the current situation”: Japanese people with disabilities respond to UN review of Japan’s anti disability discrimination laws

While they expressed a sense of accomplishment, saying, "By talking directly with the committee members, they were able to gain a deeper understanding of Japan's issues," some expressed anger, saying, "The government's response did not accurately convey the current situation."

From Kyodo

August 24 2022

GENEVA – Regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, about 100 people with disabilities and their families entered the field and exchanged opinions with UN members during the United Nations’ examination of the Japanese government held in Geneva, Switzerland until the 23rd.

While they expressed a sense of accomplishment, saying, “By talking directly with the committee members, they were able to gain a deeper understanding of Japan’s issues,” some expressed anger, saying, “The government’s response did not accurately convey the current situation.”

This is the first time for Japan to review the treaty. The United Nations Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held a two-day face-to-face meeting with the Japanese government delegation. During the judging process, disabled people handed out leaflets to the committee members and appealed to them about their issues through an interpreter.

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