Law on Minimum Standards for Infrastructure Construction to Support People with Disability to be Completed this Year

AKP Phnom Penh, March 20, 2017 –

Royal Government of Cambodia is drafting a law to set minimum standards for infrastructure constructions that will ease the access by people with disability.

A senior official of the government’s Disability Action Council Mr. Srey Chan shared the update with journalists during a forum it organised recently at Tonle Bassac Restaurant here in Phnom Penh.

The draft law, he added, will be completed this year and contribute vitally to promoting the accessibility of people with disability to their work places, public buildings as well as other infrastructures.

Executive Director of Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation Mr. Ngin Saoroth underlined that employment of people with disability without ensuring their comfortability is a form of discrimination against them.

With comfortable access, added Mr. Ngin Saoroth, will be able to exercise their full productivity which eventually help them and their family, and reduce their burden for the government and the society.

Records by civil society organisations indicate that there are about 520,000 people with disability in Cambodia.

In addition to the effort to develop the mentioned bill, the Royal Government of Cambodia has been working very hard to support people with disability.

The latest major move was to oblige pubic institutions to recruit two percent and private sector one percent of people with disability for their respective workforce.

By Mom Chan Dara Soleil

 

 

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