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  • Is it possible to restore legal capacity without the participation of the guardian?

    30 September 2013

    Citizen P. appealed to the free legal office of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities. She was incapacitated and lost all her civil rights and now she can’t apply to any bodies and institutions by herself – only with the help of her guardian. Her daughter, who is her guardian doesn’t want to change the situation and refuses to take part in the procedure of restoration of legal capacity. Citizen P. wants to know if she has the possibility to restore legal capacity by herself.

    Different mental disorders can become a serious limitation of civil rights. According to art 29 of the Civil Code of the Republic of Belarus, a citizen who because of mental disorder (mental illness or dementia) can’t understand the meaning of his activities, can be found incapacitated by the court. The loss of legal capacity is a serious limitation, depriving a person of the right to decide practically everything in his life.

  • A person with disability: where and how to protect labour rights?

    19 September 2013

    According to the statistics of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities about 30 percent of appeals to the Office are connected with the problems of employment of persons having some health limitations. Is it possible to fire an employee who raises a disabled child? Does a person with disability have a priority right to keep the job? On what grounds can employer refuse a person with disability in employment?

    “Individual program” labour

    According to the art. 283 of the Labour Code of the Republic of Belarus from July 26, 199 №296-3 disabled persons are guaranteed the right, taking into account the individual programs of rehabilitation, to work at employers with common working conditions and also in specialized organizations.

  • The Ministry of extraordinary situations of the Republic of Belarus supports the initiative of the Office for the rights of persons of disabilities

    26 August 2013

    The Ministry of extraordinary situations of the Republic of Belarus supports the initiative of the Office for the rights of persons of disabilities on introducing insurance benefits to employers who suffered in accidents in cases of mutual guilt.

    According to the existing legislation, today the cases of health damage to an insured person which happened in the result of violation by him of the safety rules and in case of mutual guilt of employer and employee are not considered to be insured events. That is why there are no any insurance benefits to the injured person.

  • What should you do if you are not given an extra holiday?

    26 August 2013

    The Labour Code of the Republic of Belarus from July 26, 1999 №296-3 regulates issues connected with leaves without pay. So, according to art 189, employer has to give an unpaid leave lasting up to 14 days to some categories of employees, including disabled people, working at production, in shops and special working places for disabled. The wish of an employee to get an unpaid leave is made in the form of written application for leave.

    If the employer doesn’t grant the unpaid leave notwithstanding numerous applications for leave provided by the art 189 then an employee has the right:

  • “Employment” disability: Who will pay for employment injury?

    3 August 2013

    Educational HR defence organization “Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” sent a letter to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus with a request to amend the Resolution by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus from February 29, 2008 №308 “On some issues of obligatory state insurance of militia officers, prosecutors’ offices employees, employees of the Ministry of Extraordinary Situations and of the State Control Committee”. The letter was sent because the office got numerous appeals from citizens who became disabled as the result of employment injury and the proved fact of mutual fault by employer and employee.

    According to the existing document today the cases when infliction of bodily harm to the health of the insured person happened as the result of his violation of safety regulations are not considered to be an insured event; in cases of mutual fault insurance benefit is not paid.

  • Belarusian specialists got acquainted with the way polish persons with disabilities work and study

    25 July 2013

    The first group of representatives of different Belarusian institutions, NGOs and initiatives, working with persons with disabilities, finished participation in study seminar “Lifetime study: employment and social activation of persons with disabilities” in the frames of which the study visit to Poland was organized.

    The expert of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities Galina Krot explained, that Belarusian and Polish specialists managed to get acquainted not only with the theory – legal base of the discussed topic, but also with practical examples. Visits to different social institutions of Poland became a wonderful opportunity to understand the topic better. Institutions’ conditions and infrastructure give persons with disabilities opportunity to study and to work in comfort. The participants had also tried to analyze what experience our country can adopt from the neighboring country, what barriers exist in Belarus and how we can overcome them.

  • Accessibility Week Results

    3 June 2013

    A unique for our country event “Accessibility Week” took place in Minsk from May 17 till May 22 in the frames of the information campaign “Accessibility”. It was devoted to problems of all the kinds of Accessibility for persons with disabilities. Educational HR defence organization “Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” became the organizer of the event. Accessibility Week consisted of 16 different events: public lectures and discussion, master-classes, accessibility forum, showings of documentaries and social ads, opening and award ceremonies for the winners of accessibility symbol contest. 

  • Office for the rights of persons with disabilities summed up the results of the contest “Creation of Accessibility symbol”

    24 May 2013

    The results of the contest organized by the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities were summed up. Nominees and winners were announced during the award ceremony held in the frames of “Accessibility Week”.

    The winners were announced by the ceremony’s host – a member of the jury Alexander Shevelevich (Kryn - Starcom Mediavest Groupe Belarus).

    Marina Muchina and Marina Ustinova became the winners of the contest.

  • Accessibility Week in Minsk

    29 April 2013

    Accessibility Week dedicated to problems of all the types of Accessibility for persons with disabilities will be held for the first time in the Republic of Belarus. HR defence and educational organization “Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” is the organizer of the event. The event will be held under the slogan “From accessibility to equality”. Accessibility Week is an informal, nonstandard, inclusive and open for everyone event.

    “The aim of the event is the raise of attention to and understanding of the problems of persons with disabilities in the frames of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. We invite all the interested people, NGOs and state owned organizations to take part in Accessibility Week, to present their ideas and projects on this topic, to discuss and to communicate. If your activities are aimed at the raise of Accessibility for persons with disabilities you are welcome to share your experience and success”, said about the event the coordinator of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities Sergey Drozdovskiy.

  • Office for the rights of persons with disabilities presents: International conference “Topical problems of equality principle realization in law. European experience: from theory to practice”

    25 April 2013

    On April 18 International conference “Topical problems equality principle realization in law. European experience: from theory to practice” took place. Educational HR defence organization “Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” in cooperation with Rosa Luxemburg fund are the organizers of the event.

    The main principle of equality of all people is pronounced in the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But it is not properly used in everyday life, not speaking about different aspects of human communications in the society. The main principle of equality is in the basis of principle of justice.

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