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20100617 Disability Legal Mobilisation and Capacity Building in Sri Lanka


20100617 Disability Legal Mobilisation and Capacity Building in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, disability is mainly a result of war, natural disasters, aging populations, and large numbers of people undertaking high-risk work. Additionally, Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and 23 percent of the population live in poverty. Over an 11-year period, the Sri Lankan government has passed a raft of legislation and policies aimed at fostering the participation of disabled people in civil society. Such changes in Sri Lankan legal and policy frameworks are part of the country’s ongoing alignment with the United Nations Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1993) and United Nations International Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (2006,
GA/A/61/6111). This article discusses these developments in terms of legal education and mobilization by disabled people, the enforceability of disability related social policy and laws, consciousness-raising about disability, and capacity building using a community-based rehabilitation model of leadership training.