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Ahiya Kamara

Ahiya Kamara has lately finished his Governmental term as the Head of the Commission for Equal Rights of People with Disabilities which is part of the Israeli Ministry of Justice. The Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Law 1998, was enacted with the intent to reduce the existing disparity between the reality in which persons with disabilities live, and the principles of equality and human dignity. Pursuant to this Law, the Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities was established, and placed in charge of implementing this Law and other laws concerning persons with disabilities. The commission acts to prevent discrimination and promote the integration of persons with disability in the Israeli society. Especially, the commission is involved in enhancing the accessibility of the entire Israeli public sphere, acting through legislation and enacting of regulations, public education, supervision and enforcement.

Ahiya Kamara holds a BA degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University and an MA degree in special education from Tel Aviv University. Prior to his office at the commission he was the founder and first CEO of Bekol, the organization of Hard of Hearing people in Israel, and the chairman of Bizchut, the Israel Human rights Center for People with Disabilities, leading many advocacy initiatives for legislation that would provide accessibility for people with disabilities. Ahiya Kamara was also the vice president of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing (IFHOH), acting as their representative in various international projects and committees.

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