Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap
To ask the Acting Minister for Social and Family Development
(a) whether the Government is intending to sign the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which recognises the competence of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to investigate, report and make recommendations on complaints from individuals or groups who claim that their rights have been violated; and
(b) what legal or administrative mechanisms will be put in place to give effect to the Convention.
We will be signing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We have decided not to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention which provides for complaints regarding the violation of rights under the Convention to be brought to and investigated by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We believe that there are sufficient appropriate platforms locally for any person or group to raise such concerns or complaints. For example, they could raise such issues with the Ministry of Social and Family Development or the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), the umbrella body for voluntary welfare organisations in the social sector.
In addition, we have also recently formed the Enabling Masterplan Implementation Committee. This Committee will monitor the implementation of the Enabling Masterplan, which has charted a comprehensive agenda providing a solid foundation for Singapore to progressively meet the obligations of the Convention. The Committee will also facilitate dialogue with members of the disabled community. This will further ensure that Singapore progresses steadily in fulfilling the Convention.