News on the topic: rights of persons with disabilities

Siarhei Drazdouski: It is impossible to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities without removing the barriers in people’s minds

20.05.2013 Siarhei Drazdouski: It is impossible to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities without removing the barriers in people’s minds

A “Week of Accessibility” is held in Belarus for the first time between 17 and 21 May, organized by the Educational and Human Rights Institution “Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

Insurmountable "barrier-free space"

14.03.2013 Insurmountable "barrier-free space"

The issue of the improvement of the barrier-free environment in Babruisk is a daily one for wheelchair disabled.

Belarusian health resorts lack places for disabled children

19.02.2013 Belarusian health resorts lack places for disabled children

This was reported to the BelaPAN news agency by Mikalai Mazur, head of the National Center for Health Improvement and Sanatorium Treatment of Population.

Brest: visually impaired fight for equality

23.11.2012 Brest: visually impaired fight for equality

Mrs. Iryna Yurenia, chair of the Brest regional organization "BelTIZ", believes that the rehabilitation of the visually impaired is a complex problem of the entire society, so the state and public institutions should pay more attention to the issue, as the problem affects 3,000 people in Brest alone.

Slutsk activists campaign for barrier-free pedestrian crossings

18.10.2012 Slutsk activists campaign for barrier-free pedestrian crossings

The volunteers of the civil campaign “Nash Dom” (“Our House”) have collected more than three hundred signatures of the residents of Slutsk (Minsk region) to urge the executive committee and the council of deputies to bring the height of curbs in compliance with building codes.

13.12.2011 Disabled man goes on hunger-strike to protest against death penalty

He also refused to take medicines. Valery Hancharenka demands to improve treatment conditions for TB patients.

11.07.2011 Quiet discrimination

“There are no colleges or lyceums in Belarus that provide sufficient conditions for the study of disabled people together with all others within the framework of an integrated system,” states human rights defender Alena Tankachova.

Mahiliou: disabled have no chance to enter new buildings

06.06.2011 Mahiliou: disabled have no chance to enter new buildings

For instance, accoridng to information of Valery Tsimakin, a member of the Pinsk organization of wheelchair disabled, they are unable to enter the main office of Belahraprambank. The organization conducted monitoring concerning the creation of the barrierless environment in the city and registered many violations of the Belarusian legislation in this sphere.

Kirausk: democratic activist fired after 2010 election stays redundant

01.04.2011 Kirausk: democratic activist fired after 2010 election stays redundant

Aliaksandr Baran, an activist of the electoral team of the presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliayeu and the civil campaign Speak Truth! has been fired from the house economy because of his activism. He hasn't been able to get another job for three months already, despite all his attempts.

27.07.2010 Homel: UCP member detained for T-shirt

A pro-democratic activist Uladzimir Niapomnyashchykh was detained in Homel for wearing a T-shirt with the inscription ‘For Belarus without Lukashenka’.

Disabled person wins trial against local authorities

17.03.2010 Disabled person wins trial against local authorities

On 16 March Hrodna Kastrychnitski Court considered the claim by Siarhei Feshchanka against Hrodna regional police department, demanding implementation of the ‘Barrier-Free Environment’ program (he required that a ramp be constructed at the entrance to the building of Hrodna road police department)and a compensation for the disability inflicted by his falling on the premises of the town’s road police department.

Belarusian Society of Disabled People notes lack of government assistance

01.12.2009 Belarusian Society of Disabled People notes lack of government assistance

The Belarusian Society of Disabled People has not received government assistance for the implementation of social programs since 2001 and the authorities stopped funding the organization’s construction projects in 2002, Uladzimir Patapenka, chairman of the Society, told reporters in Minsk on Monday.

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