Thanks to Pakistan Down Syndrome Association for providing this information.

The current situation

Persons with Down Syndrome are well recognized as persons before the law and have the same rights as others.

There is no discrimination in the law but society has less understanding and acceptance. There is a dire need for strong advocacy, to make an enabling environment for persons with Down syndrome.

In terms of the decision-making process, persons with Down syndrome have no right in decision-making. They rely on parents, guardians and service providers.

Persons with Down syndrome have the right to vote. Every citizen of Pakistan, 18 years and above, is eligible for a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) which enables them to vote.

They also have the right to open a Bank account but this is not practiced in our society. Children are not included in mainstream society and so they do not have the understanding to use a bank account. 

What needs to change?

The main focus should be the implementation of the law. The law exists but has no implementation.

We give priority to the rehabilitation of children with Down Syndrome. If a child is rehabilitated then the child may enjoy rights without discrimination. There is a dire need for proper rehabilitation services for every child with Down syndrome in Pakistan, especially in rural areas.

Take action.

Contact Pakistan Down Syndrome Association to support this campaign in your country.