In light of the global challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), Qatar has called for ensuring equal and equitable access to vaccines for all in an accessible and affordable manner, and has urged that people with disabilities be given priority in obtaining the vaccine due to the special impact on this group.
This came in a speech delivered by the second-secretary of Qatar's permanent delegation to the United Nations office in Geneva, Abdullah al-Ali, during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur Gerard Quinn on the rights of persons with disabilities at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council. Al-Ali also affirmed Qatar's full support for the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, while taking note of the issues that he identified as priorities in the framework of his future work.
Qatar has stated its firm belief in the rights of persons with disabilities, its full commitment to support these rights on an equal basis, and their full integration into society. Further it has worked to ensure the strengthening of the right-based support approach by including these rights in relevant national legislation, and in Qatar National 2030 vision, which stipulated to ensure the achievement of equality and justice for all groups and sectors of society.
Al-Ali explained that within the framework of the Special Rapporteur's future priorities, Qatar encourages him to pay attention to the issue of family support to play its role in promoting the fulfillment of persons with disabilities of their rights, as the family remains the natural environment in which they can enjoy their rights in independence and dignity, and to participate actively in all areas of life.