In a press release this afternoon, the PNP says Senator Morris’ appointment comes as no surprise, says the PNP, as he has been an outstanding and most effective advocate on issues affecting the community of disabled persons both locally and throughout the region.
His role as director of the University of the West Indies Centre for Disability Studies has brought to the fore the triumphs and trials of those who are so confronted and has given hope to many to aspire to academic excellence, even in the face of physical or other challenges.
As regional Rapporteur, Senator Morris is well placed to join the wider international efforts to accommodate and empower those who have been left on the outskirts of development on account of disabilities.
Senator Morris, who holds a doctorate in Government with special focus on political communication, has done extensive research on persons with disabilities in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. He continues to champion the cause of the disabled community within the Jamaican society and we are unreserved in our commendation of this recognition of him by CARICOM.
He led the negotiations for Jamaica at the United Nations on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 2002 to 2006 and eventually signed and ratified the Convention in 2007, enabling Jamaica to be the first country in the world to do so.
The PNP stands in full support of Senator Morris and look forward to his continued excellent contribution in the conduct of his new duties.
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