Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others every day.
The protection guaranteed in other human rights treaties, and grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, should apply to all. Persons with disabilities have, however, remained largely ‘invisible’, often side-lined in the rights debate and unable to enjoy the full range of human rights.
Four students of the Hugh Wooding Law School’s Human Rights Law Clinic took to the streets of Port of Spaind to see what it’s like live a day in the life of a disabled person. The students, Ariel Haynes, Asif Hosein-Shah, Dinique Wilson, and Jenell Gibson, produced a short film entitled The Social Experiment to highlight the daily struggles of the physically disabled in this country.
I am incredibly proud of this project and hope that it reaches the widest possible audience to bring attention to this issue and to encourage others to advocate for better legislation and compliance with the existing international framework, to protect the fundamental right to movement that we all should enjoy as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.