U.S. Special Advisor on International Disability Rights Visits Amman to Promote Inclusion and Respect for Human Rights

Amman, January 29, 2023 – The U.S. Special Advisor on International Disability International Rights, Sara Minkara , visited Jordan January 27-29, to advance our shared goals of inclusion and respect for human rights in all aspects of
society. The visit focused on promoting disability-inclusive political participation, capacity building, accountability, and shifting the paradigm of how we think about disability awareness from a charity approach to a human rights and values-based model.

In her meetings with Jordanian government officials, civil society leaders, business groups, and disability rights advocates, she emphasized the U.S. government’s support for disability rights, accessibility, equity, and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all sectors throughout Jordan.

Special Advisor Minkara also met with Prince Mired and Jordan’s Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) to understand the issues facing persons living with disabilities in Jordan. Special Advisor Minkara commended HCD on their policymaking, planning, and coordination efforts to ensure that people with disabilities can reach their full potential through access to equal economic opportunities, political participation, and accessible facilities.

Special Advisor Minkara leads the U.S. Department of State’s comprehensive strategy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. She works to encourage foreign governments to enact and enforce national laws and policies and respect their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other human rights treaties.