Academics last week urged the government to establish an institutional framework to protect rights of those with intellectual disabilities.

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Colombo University, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa speaking to Nation said Sri Lanka has signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He called for the establishment of a national authority for the protection of mentally handicapped and challenged persons like the one established for the protection of victims and witnesses of crime under the provisions of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act, No. 4 of 2015.

He added such persons could then report matters pertaining to their health or education or other problems and issues faced by them to the said national authority.