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US disability rights advisor promotes inclusivity during Amman visit

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Sara Minkara. (Photo: Facebook)
AMMAN — The US Department of State Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, Sara Minkara, visited Jordan from January 27 to 29 to advance shared goals of inclusion and respect for human rights in all aspects of society, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The visit focused on promoting disability-inclusive political participation, and capacity building, accountability, and shifting the paradigm of thought about disability awareness from a charity approach to a human rights and values-based model, according to a US Embassy statement issued on Monday.

In her meetings with Jordanian government officials, civil society leaders, business groups, and disability rights advocates, Minkara emphasized the US government's support for disability rights, accessibility, equity, and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all sectors throughout Jordan.

Meeting with Prince MiredThe special advisor also met with Prince Mired, Chairman of Jordan's Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), to understand the issues facing persons living with disabilities in Jordan.

She commended HCD on its policymaking, planning, and coordination efforts to ensure that people with disabilities can reach their full potential through access to equal economic opportunities, political participation, and accessible facilities.

Minkara leads the US Department of State's comprehensive strategy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. She works to encourage foreign governments to enact and enforce national laws and policies and respect their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other human rights treaties.

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