Comments sought on draft report
16 November, 2010 People and groups involved in New Zealand's disability arts sector are being urged to consider making comments on a draft Government report on how well this country is implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Office for Disability Issues is inviting comments on the draft by December 17.
Arts Access Aotearoa executive director Richard Benge said it is important people and groups working in the disability arts sector have their say because the Government’s report will used as a baseline for future reporting on this country’s performance.
As a signatory, the New Zealand Government is committed to implement the convention’s articles.
Article 30 covers participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.
It states that parties recognise the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life. Parties are required to take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy access to places for cultural performances or services, such as theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries and tourism services, and, as far as possible, enjoy access to monuments and sites of national cultural importance.
The Government is also required to take appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to have the opportunity to develop and utilise their creative, artistic and intellectual potential, not only for their own benefit, but also for the enrichment of society.
The section of New Zealand’s draft report on Article 30 refers to initiatives to improve participation by disabled people in sport and recreation, and services used by ethnic minorities and disabled Maori, but makes no reference to participation in the arts.