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Albinism should be respected and afforded same rights as everyone

THE INTERNATIONAL ALBINISM Awareness Day on June 13 is indicative of the importance the role Albinism plays in South Africa and globally.

Albinism should be respected and afforded same rights as everyone
 
This year’s theme Made To Shine– was chosen to celebrate the
achievements and successes of persons with albinism worldwide, while at
the same time, making a call to stand in solidarity with persons with
albinism through their challenges.
In this unprecedented time, persons with albinism continue to suffer
human rights violations. Recently, in some countries, they have been
branded ‘Corona’ or ‘COVID-19’ in an attempt to scapegoat them for the
pandemic.
In SA unfortunately the Albinism Community still live in fear of
victimisation, murder and the myth that they’re bodies are meant for
ritual or witchcraft purposes, and so on.
The International Albinism Awareness Day has called for the prevention
of attacks on persons with albinism, emphasizing that they should also
enjoy inherent human rights.
Countries including SA, offer opportunities to focus on the challenges
that persons with albinism face.
Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth, and Persons with
Disabilities Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize has criticized the persistent
stigmatisation and discrimination against persons with albinism leading
to harmful practises such as ritual murders.
“We call upon all communities to ensure the protection and upholding of
the rights of persons with albinism and for communities to help bring an
end to all forms of attacks and discrimination against them,” said
Deputy Minister Mkhize.
The crafting of the National Albinism Action Plan on persons with
albinism is currently underway and will be driven by government and
civil society. This plan will be implemented throughout all spheres of
Government.
The National Albinism Action Plan will align to the Promotion of
Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) and the
Hate Crime and Hate Speech Bills, Criminal Matters Act, Judicial Matters
Act, Sexual Offences and Related Matters Bill, AU Regional Plan on
Albinism, together with the AU Protocol on Disability and the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Department of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities continues
to work tirelessly to ensure mainstreaming of rights of persons with
disabilities and for all other government departments to guarantee the
protection of people with albinism and their full inclusion in social,
economic and political life.
“I urge all South Africans to observe this day (June 13) with fortitude,
empathy and unwavering support to persons with albinism. This call to
action emphasises the need to assist persons with albinism to realise
their potential, ability and achievements,” says Mkhize.
The Albinism are humans and deserve the respect, rights that should be
accorded to them!
For more info call: 011 838 6529 Albinism Society of SA or visit:
www.albinism.org.za

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