[A2k] CIS's Statement on TVI at SCCR 24

Pranesh Prakash pranesh at cis-india.org
Sun Jul 22 05:03:59 PDT 2012

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Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

I would like to associate CIS with the statements made by the WBU, eIFL,

We NGOs been making statements at SCCR on this the topic of a treaty for
the reading-disabled since 2009 now.

In this room there are a number of organizations that work with and for
persons with disabilities which come here to Geneva, SCCR after SCCR.
They do not come here to watch the enactment of an elaborate ritual, but
to seek solutions for the very real knowledge drought that is being faced
by the reading-disabled everywhere, and particularly in developing countries.

The way work on this treaty — or rather this binding-or-non-binding
international instrument — has been stalled by some member states is a
matter of shame. In India our Parliament recently passed an amendment to
our copyright law that grants persons with disabilities, and those who
are working for them, a strong yet simply-worded right to have equal
access to copyrighted works as sighted persons.

An instrument that lays down detailed guidelines on rules and procedures
to be followed by authorized entities will not work. An instrument that
subjects the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms by persons with visual
impairment to market forces and bureaucratic practices will not work.

Importantly, an instrument that ignores realities of the world — that the
vast majority of persons with visual impairment live in developing
countries — just will not work.

I implore the delegations here to keep up the constructive spirit I have
seen most of them display in the past two days, and ensure that the 2012
General Assembly convenes a Diplomatic Conference on this topic.

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