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On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

We urge foreign governments to involve people with disabilities in the democratic process, combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice and protect their rights.

TUNIS, Tunisia, December 3, 2021 / APO Group / –

Press release Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

On December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United States stands firm in our commitment and resolve to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities in the home and around the world. We urge foreign governments to involve people with disabilities in the democratic process, to combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice, protect their rights and ensure their inclusion in all facets of life on an equal basis with other people. .

Around the world, policies related to elections and civic engagement are not fully inclusive of people with disabilities. Considering the more than 1 billion people living with disabilities around the world, this pervasive inaccessibility is an enormous and unsustainable deprivation. This Administration recognizes the values, talents, and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the global community. That is why President Biden appointed Sara Minkara to serve as the U.S. Special Adviser on the International Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a critical role in ensuring American diplomacy and foreign assistance that include people with disabilities. disability. Our colleagues around the world with disabilities – civil and foreign service, contractors, eligible family members, and locally employed staff – empower us. They bring creativity to our efforts to solve entrenched problems and use their lived experiences to inform and strengthen our policies to promote accessibility and inclusion.

The United States strives to be a model of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, to reflect one of our most fundamental values ​​as a nation: that all are treated with dignity and respect. At the State Department, we strive to uphold these values ​​every day, ensuring that our colleagues with disabilities thrive in the workplace. As part of the Summit for Democracy and in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we demonstrate this approach by convening leaders from all sectors of society and representing democracies around the world to identify innovative approaches and actions that promote inclusive democracy for people with disabilities. We know that the best, longest and most durable solutions emerge when governments embrace, respect and integrate diverse perspectives from all communities, including people with disabilities.

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