Good example from the Czech Republic: Alternative Report for the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The report contains the views of a wide platform of DPOs, NGOs representing persons with disabilities and other organisations or individuals working with people with disabilities. This report covers the main areas of life of people with disabilities that are affected by legislation or practices that violate the respective articles of the Convention. Some crucial recommendations for the Czech Republic that emerge from the report are:

Brief Report on Activities Developed by AHNR 2009 - 2011

The National Association for Persons with Neuromotor Disabilities from Romania, AHNR – Asociatia Handicapatilor Neuromotori din Romania, developed its activities both at the national and local level.

The President conferred the Order for Merits on the Federation of Disabled Workers of Slovenia

On February 14, 2011, Dr. Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia, conferred the Order for Merits on the Federation of Disabled Workers of Slovenia for its successful accomplishments in the field of disabled persons protection during more than forty years of work.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) ratifications reach 98

The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by Romania on 31 January 2011 has increased the number of the States Parties to the CRPD to 98 while the Optional Protocol has 60 ratifications. The number of signatures of the Convention is 147 while the Optional Protocol has 90 signatures.

AHNR – the Association of Persons with Neuromotor Disabilities from Romania – has new president

Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20, 2010 the Annual General Assembly of AHNR has been hold in Arad.

Four years after the death of Monica Antoci - the founder and the president of AHNR – the relay was taken by PhD. Ion Adrian Mihalcea. Mr. Ion Adrian Mihalcea was unanimously elected as the new president of AHNR for the next four years.

Successful project in the UK: RADAR - The Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation

As part of the PROGRESS programme, which supports national activities raising awareness of discrimination and promoting equality, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) has published a handbook and DVD in the UK on the Disability Equality Duty. This legislative tool requires that public authorities actively promote the equality of disabled people when carrying out their functions. It lays down specific legal responsibilities, including the elimination of discrimination and harassment and the need to take account of a disabled person's disabilities.

Successful project in Austria: Positive action as a strategy for the fight against discrimination

27/04/2010 - Within the framework of the EU PROGRESS programme supporting national activities for the detection of good practice in fighting discrimination and the promotion of equality the Ludwig Boltzmann society - institute for human rights (BIM), Vienna has published a manual (in German) about the practical implementation of measures for the fight against structural discriminations and for supporting equality.

Disabled workers on hunger strike in Banjaluka's Institute of Dystrophics, Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In Banjaluka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovinia, employees in the Institute for Dystrophics are on hunger strike, following a row over job losses. Employees blame management for the situation. The Institute faces bankruptcy and residents are threatened with life on the streets without jobs and without a place to live.

Slovenia: the Law on Alignment of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities by Danči Maraz

Tuesday, 23 February 2010 - Slovenia is in the process of adopting the Law on Alignment of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The deadline for public debate and suggestions expired in January 2010.

The Law covers the following areas:

  • Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of disability;
  • Measures to equalize opportunities for persons with disabilities, setting grounds for their responsibilities and obligations;
  • Procedures in disputing cases of discrimination based on disability;
  • Database management and data protection;
  • Penal provisions.

Romania is ready to move forward on the rights of persons with disabilities

18 January 2010 /// Last Friday, Emil Boc, Prime Minister of Romania received the European Disability Forum to exchange views on how to reinforce the participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in the decision-making process at the national level.

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