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According to the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the disabled in Myanmar have experienced the worst forms of health, social and economic discrimination.

YANGON: Disabled people from ethnic minorities and rural areas are most at risk of being deprived of their rights, said the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

According to its vice-president U Henry Van Thio, who isthe committee chairman, people in rural and ethnic areas often lacked the support needed to carry on living as normal people did.

Till now, he said, the disabled in rural and ethnic minority areas constantly experienced obstacles in receiving physical and technical assistance.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the International Day for Disabled Persons here, he said the disabled had experienced the worst forms of health, social and economic discrimination.

Myanmar enacted the Law on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2015, enacted the by-law in 2017, and set up national and working committees to implement the law.

According to The Myanmar Times, Van Thio was quoted as saying the government would soon register disabled people and carry out pilot projects to help them.

He said the government planned to carry out an eight-month pilot project in the Nyaunglaybin township in Bago, Hlaing Tharyar township here, and Hpa-an township in Kayin.

‘These projects are aimed are encouraging disabled people to participate in training and development plans, and to get the benefits that others enjoy.’

The ‘Future We Want’ pilot project would upgrade public transportation and roads here and Naypyidaw to provide access for disabled people.

Two similar pilot projects at Myoma Market and the Water Fountain Park in Naypyidaw would be carried out with foreign funding.

‘The government is drafting a national plan (2020-2025) for persons with disabilities that will include providing easy access to assistance in health, education, employment and social welfare,’Van Thio said.

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