Target: Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education
Goal: Commend the Chinese government for allowing equal access to higher education.
The Chinese government should be commended for its decision to provide Braille or electronic exams for entrance into national universities. This access will improve access to higher education for candidates who are blind or have other visual disabilities. Up until this decision, students with such disabilities were barred from higher education due to their inability to take the entrance exam. This new development should be praised as a human rights breakthrough in a country that is often criticized for discriminating against those with disabilities.
These regulations were issued in 2012, however they have not been properly implemented until now. This is the first document from the Ministry of Education that affirms the 2012 decision. As previously stated, this is an important step forward for people with disabilities in China. It will allow them to be on the same playing field as their peers and will undoubtedly improve the Chinese economy, thereby improving the world’s economy.
Under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a treaty that China ratified in 2008, governments must ensure that people with disabilities have access to equal opportunities, without discrimination. While it took a long time to implement, this new rule will bring China closer in line with the Convention. Much remains to be done to end discrimination against people with disabilities in China, but this is a good step in the right direction. Sign this petition and commend the Chinese government for taking a stand against discrimination.
Dear Minister Yuan Guiren,
The recent implementation of Braille or electronic exams for entrance into national universities by your government is a positive step forward for human rights in your country. Discrimination against people with disabilities in your country has long been a problem, but hopefully this is the beginning of reversing that trend. I commend you for doing more to protecting the rights of these people and allowing them to seek the same educational opportunities as their peers.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by your country in 2008, so this has been a long time coming, but I am grateful for your governments action in this case. I ask that you do all that you can to continue this good work.
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