Advocacy for the adoption of a law authorizing the ratification of the Protocol of the African Charter on HPVs


Kinshasa, October 4th, 2021 (CPA). – The Minister Delegate in charge of People living with disabilities (PVH) and other vulnerable people (VPA), Irène Esambo Diata, pleaded Saturday, before the national deputies members of three standing committees of the National Assembly, for the adoption of the bill on « authorization of ratification by the DRC, of ​​the protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, relating to the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa ».

Minister Esambo enlightened these members of the External Relations, Human Rights and Socio-cultural Commissions on the need to obtain authorization to join this regional legal instrument.

This bill tabled by the government in the National Assembly in June 2020, deemed admissible and sent by the plenary to this committee, she said, has not changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and political negotiations that enmeshed the year 2020, as we approached the signing and ratification of the said Protocol, before the country’s accession to the presidency of the African Union.

Minister Delegate Irène Esambo provided details on this act to be taken by the DRC, regarding the ratification or accession to this Protocol, the provisions of which in Article 37 stipulate: “this Protocol is open to African States to the African Union for signature, ratification or accession ”.

In 2006, she recalled, the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Rights of People Living with Disabilities which today serves as the basic international standard for the inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of social life.

She continued that almost 13 years later, in 2018, the African Union adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa.

This protocol is to date, she explained, the regional standard that sets out ideas on how to address the issue of inclusion of people with disabilities in the African context.

She praised the great vision of the Head of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi who has already marked national and international opinion through innovations, participation, promotion and protection of the rights of people with disabilities in our country.

It is also important that his stint as president of the African Union confirms this vision by making the DRC the first member state of the African Union to have ratified the said protocol, she insisted.

The chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on External Relations, national deputy Thomas d ‘Aquin Masela, indicated that the bill is currently being enriched by members of the three aforementioned committees.

He said that after the hearing of the depressed minister Irene Esambo, it will be the turn of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs to be heard on Monday around the same bill.