Over the course of the past two decades, the subject of disability as a human rights issue has become of increasing concern to civil society (including Disabled Peoples’ Organisations – DPOs), governments and private actors across the globe. This concern comes in the wake of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 3 May 2008.
Although the topic of disability as human rights challenge has become a concern at national and international level, the double marginalisation of indigenous people with disabilities has remained silenced, in particular in Rwanda. It is for this reason that AIMPO initiated advocacy initiatives for HMP with disabilities in Rwanda, as special group that faces double discrimination.
The mission and vision of the Disability Rights Unit at AIMPO is to find evidence-based ways of addressing the rights of HMP, also known as Batwa or Pygmies, with disabilities in Rwanda. This includes conducting research on their demographic and socio-economic status, for advocacy purposes, providing them with knowledge on the CRPD and empowering them in economic terms.
The Disability Rights Unit aims to contribute to the national and international disability rights discourse by assisting and collaborating with international organisations, academic partners, and civil society across the globe in taking targeted measures to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and indigenous disables people in particular.