Disability Policy Brief for Law Makers, Administrators and other Decision Makers
Sri Lanka has had a Rights-based National Policy on Disability since 2003. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was ratified in 2016. To implement these a National Action Plan on Disability was approved in 2014 and two National Human Rights Action Plans (2011 2015 and 2016 2020) have included disability. Yet no meaningful steps have been taken to date to alleviate disadvantage and distress and improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the country through the achievement of their Rights.
This publication is meant to be used by law makers, administrators and other senior decision makers to assist them in deciding on appropriate rights-based policies and how these may be implemented. It informs persons with disabilities and all interested parties about the current status of the ongoing Dialogue on Disability Rights. In so doing it aims to further enhance continuing discourse, discussion, debate and consensus leading to action that will draw closer the realization of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Sri Lanka.