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Title:An assessment of the legal securities and uncertainties of persons with disabilities in Eritrea
Author:Abbay, Futsum T.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Eritrea
Subjects:people with disabilities
social and economic rights
Abstract:This article explores the constitutional and legislative rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) under the Eritrean legal system. The human rights situation in Eritrea is alarming, and deteriorating. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are some of the very few fundamental rights and freedoms under the Constitution that may not be limited. However, their interpretation in the context of the limitation or suspension of other fundamental rights is not clear. An evaluation of the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights demonstrates that the country has taken inadequate legislative and administrative measures to achieve their full citizenship and human rights. The cultural and religious traditions of society have hugely contributed to the prevalence of prejudice, negative attitudes and bias against PWDs. They are discriminated against, excluded from mainstream society and do not receive adequate attention and social services. Disability is among the prohibited grounds for discrimination under the country's 1997 Constitution, but the Constitution is not yet in force and the country has not yet adopted either a disability policy or comprehensive disability legislation. At the international level, the country has not yet moved towards ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]