News on the topic: rights of persons with disabilities

Observer Yury Liashenka: polling station lacks barrier-free environment

11.10.2015 Observer Yury Liashenka: polling station lacks barrier-free environment

As learned by the HRC “Viasna”, October 11 an observer of the campaign “Right to Elect” Yury Liashenka was unable to observe the election sat polling station No. 15 in the town Liasny in the Minsk district due to the absence of access for wheelchair users.

The topic of people with disabilities was discussed at language courses in Babruisk

27.10.2014 The topic of people with disabilities was discussed at language courses in Babruisk

Citizens of Babruisk discussed the problems of people with disabilities at the language courses. Got acquainted with the etiquette, pieces of advice of communication , prepared by the Office on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“Sign with Your Heart”: Civil society expects commitment from government

22.07.2014 “Sign with Your Heart”: Civil society expects commitment from government

The Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities has been campaigning for a Memorandum of accession to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The campaign is entitled “Sign with Your Heart”.

Baranavichy: Mikalai Charnavus is not returned his disability certificate for more than ten days already

14.07.2014 Baranavichy: Mikalai Charnavus is not returned his disability certificate for more than ten days already

Civil society activist Mikalai Charnavus has been trying to get the police return him the disability certificate of the II-nd group, seized by police major Aliaksei Hetsman July 2, in the process of drawing up a violation report under Part 3 of Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences.

Brest local authorities ignore the law on protection of the rights of children with disabilities

12.06.2014 Brest local authorities ignore the law on protection of the rights of children with disabilities

This conclusion was made by public prosecutor’s office of Brest region was checking whether the legislation on the protection of rights and legal interests of children with disabilities and children with special needs is complied with.

Accessibility Week 2014: From Accessibility to Equality

29.05.2014 Accessibility Week 2014: From Accessibility to Equality

A campaign entitled Accessibility Week 2014 will take place in Belarus from 1 to 15 June 2014. The action will include a series of events related to the issues of all kinds of accessibility for people with disabilities. The initiator of the event is the Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Office for Rights of People with Disabilities criticizes barrier-free environment at Hockey Championship facilities

23.05.2014 Office for Rights of People with Disabilities criticizes barrier-free environment at Hockey Championship facilities

Volunteers of the Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities have monitored 47 facilities. Among them, the sports objects of Minsk-Arena and Čyžouka-Arena, the central railway stations and the national airport Minsk, hostels and hotels, department stores and other places.

Babruisk: city center is not suitable for independent wheelchair trips (photos)

11.04.2014 Babruisk: city center is not suitable for independent wheelchair trips (photos)

A healthy person can walk the distance from the city exhibition hall to the Paplauski Art Museum in several minutes. These cultural institutions are located on both sides of the central Lenin Square, and are separated by crosswalks with high curbs which are insurmountable for wheelchair users. For them, such trips take much time and are impossible without the company of volunteers or relatives.

Disabled rights NGO launches monitoring of barrier-free environment ahead of Hockey World Champ

03.04.2014 Disabled rights NGO launches monitoring of barrier-free environment ahead of Hockey World Champ

The Office of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities invites volunteers to monitor barrier-free environment of facilities constructed for the forthcoming Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk.

Possibilities of signing and ratification of UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities discussed at highest level

28.02.2014 Possibilities of signing and ratification of UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities discussed at highest level

These issues were raised at the seminar "The system of social protection of disabled persons in the Republic of Belarus: State and prospects for development. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities", organized by the Standing Committee of Education, Science, Culture and Social Development of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, the Standing Committee on Labor and Social Issues of the House of Representatives, as well as the United Nations Office in the Republic of Belarus.

21.02.2014 Why is higher education inaccessible to the majority of people with disabilities?

Only 10 percent of people with disabilities in Belarus have higher education. What is preventing these people from getting higher education and how to overcome these barriers?

Human rights defenders keep criticizing accessibility in Salihorsk

22.12.2013 Human rights defenders keep criticizing accessibility in Salihorsk

The administration of the Salihorsk-based bus depot No. 1 turned down a request of local human rights activist Aliaksei Valabuyeu, who demanded to bring the organization of public transport and information on its schedule in line with the objective needs of people with disabilities.

03.12.2013 Specialists of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have prepared proposals on amendments to the Education Code

There is a possibility that the next year the Education Code will be amended. It will be done after holding the monitoring based on the existing problems in this sphere.

Babruisk: Disabled Persons’ Day events to be held in inaccessible building (photo)

30.11.2013 Babruisk: Disabled Persons’ Day events to be held in inaccessible building (photo)

A charity concert scheduled for December 3 to mark the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities will once again be held at Babruisk’s Palace of Arts. Meanwhile, this building is a real impregnable fortress for wheelchair users. They will have to overcome a number of steps to reach the entrance, and even more steps to get to the second floor where the auditorium is located.

Salihorsk human rights defenders urge local officials to report on accessibility program

30.10.2013 Salihorsk human rights defenders urge local officials to report on accessibility program

Representatives of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee in Salihorsk sent a letter to local authorities urging them to provide a report on the implementation of the program for the development of a barrier-free environment in the town’s educational institutions.

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