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  • High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development, 23 September 2013

    18 September 2012

    Philippines and Spain, co-facilitators of the 2013 General Assembly High-level Meeting on Disability and Development, will convene two initial informal meetings to be held on 10 September, from 3 to 6 p.m., in the ECOSOC Chamber; and on 14 September, from 3 to 6 p.m., in Conference Room 4 (NLB). The meetings will provide an opportunity for an open exchange by all stakeholders for the High-level Meeting and its outcome, and are open to civil society representatives with UN grounds passes.

    While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent a concerted effort to address global poverty, there is a striking gap in the current MDGs and their inclusion of persons with disabilities. The estimated 1 billion people worldwide who live with disabilities are still excluded from equitable access to resources such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems. As a result persons with disabilities experience disproportionately high rates of poverty.
  • Richard Pavlovskiy’s barrier-free environment case

    17 September 2012

    Preliminary hearing of the case took place at Pervomaiskiy district court of Minsk “On compulsion to bring the house in accordance with the construction norms and creation of barrier-free environment”. The claimant is Richard Pavlovskiy, wheelchair-bound disabled. Defendant – developer “BelInte-Roba”. The essence of the case is the following: Richard Pavlovskiy signed an agreement with “BelInte-Roba” “for constructing apartment in block of apartments in Minsk, Masherova av. 43. The construction was finished in December 2010 (claimant’s statement of claim)”.

  • Wheelchair-bound disabled for the first time wins violating the rules of barrier-free environment case

    6 September 2012

    For the first time in Belarus court found state owned organization (Bobruisk unitary communal branch road maintaining enterprise) guilty of violating the norms of barrier-free environment. Wheelchair bound disabled who got injured in the result of the accident got compensation for moral damage. Direct connection between the violation of barrier-free environment norms and the violation of the rights of persons with disability was found.

  • The story of a ramp

    6 September 2012

    The Kaspirovichs, a family of a serviceman, have a daughter Karina, who is a disabled with the 4th degree of health loss. The norms of barrier-free environment were not observed in the house where they live – there were no ramp or special lift for disabled. That is why Karina had lots of problems: she couldn’t spend time at fresh air, communicate with other children or simply go out of the apartment. 

  • New project of the “Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” “Monitoring of barrier-free environment” has started

    16 August 2012

    In June 2012 the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities has started to realize a new project “Monitoring of barrier-free environment”. The project is aimed at the creation of the instrument of monitoring barrier-free environment and its usage. In the frames of the project the coalition “Accessibility” and invited experts will hold the analyses of existing barrier-free environment monitoring instruments; prepare “Guide to holding monitoring of barrier-free environment”; test the monitoring instrument; present the results of the project to the public. 

  • Wheelchair-bound disabled filed a lawsuit for moral damages

    6 August 2012

    Wheelchair-bound disabled Sergey Matskevich living in Bobruisk filed a lawsuit to court against unitary communal branch road construction and maintenance enterprise for moral damages.

    Sergey Matskevich, who because of spinal trauma, since 1989 has been moving around the city by wheelchair, at night on June 22, 2012 together with his wife was moving to Ice Hockey Palace along Uritskogo street on the right side of the sidewalk. He pulled off the curb to the road and started to cross the road at pedestrian crossing. 

  • RIO+20: the final document of the conference includes disability issues

    26 June 2012

    United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, one of its results is the outcome document “The future we want”. 

  • Our children: together we can do everything (VIDEO)

    5 June 2012

    The presentation of documentary “Together” filmed at the initiative of the “Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” took place on the 6th of June. You could see common, from the first sight, Minsk school, its pupils, teachers and parents. But you can’t call it a common one. Integrated classes where children with and without disabilities study together were created on the base of this school. The topic of integrated education, which is very problematic for our society, became the basis of the film and the subject of discussion during the presentation.

  • Book “Overcoming” by Alexander Tomkovich – the stories of destinies

    5 May 2012

    The book by writer and journalist Alexander Tomkovich “Overcoming” was published in April. The author told 12 stories about persons with disabilities, who in spite of their diseases, managed to overcome their illnesses and to realize themselves in different spheres of life – sport, carrier, family and children.

  • Office for the rights of persons with disabilities held the research on some aspects of attitude to persons with disabilities in the Republic of Belarus

    5 May 2012

    The research on some aspects of attitude to persons with disabilities in the Republic of Belarus was held in the period from September 2011 till March 2012 at the initiative of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities. It was done by Independent institute of socio-economic and political studies (IISEPS) and by Center for European transformation (CET). Research methods – national survey by IISEPS and focus groups by CET.

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