Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officially launched the International Albinism Awareness Day (IIAD) with the theme “Shining our lights to the world” aimed at raising awareness on the stigmatization, discrimination and isolation faced by persons with albinism in their everyday life.
The AG said that earlier this year, the Parliament had passed a Bill for an Act to make provisions for the recognition and protection for Rights of Persons with Disabilities in accordance with the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
He also highlighted on the role of the Fijian Government in contributing to a global process for promoting the rights of persons with albinism in Fiji.
“The idea of this day is to create awareness and ensure that just because a person has albinism, it doesn’t mean we discriminate against them.”
In 2017, the national Census report stated that there are 113,595 persons with disabilities in Fiji which is 13.7 percent of the population aged three and above.
Through the support of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and St Vincent’s Hospital Trust, the Fiji Albinism Project has been celebrating IIAD for the past two years, which makes Fiji the first country in the Pacific to commemorate this international event and to promote awareness on persons with albinism.
The event is a collaboration between the Fiji Albinism Project and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights