Seasons´Greetings 2007

We wish you a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year 2007 and success for all your future activities.

With these Seasons Greetings we would also like to thank you for your efforts to improve the living conditions of persons with physical disabilities and are looking forward to a good co-operation in 2007!

Lets hope that we will be able to take a further step towards the equalisation of opportunities for all.

May the world become more peaceful and tolerant for the diversity of all people and open to the ability of persons with physical disability!

FIMITIC Seminar on “Advancing Disability Rights in Europe” in Ohrid, FYRO Macedonia, initially planned October 12-15, 2006, postponed


On behalf of the organizer - FIMITIC- and in agreement with the Macedonian hosting member association – STILM – ( Association of Physically Disabled Persons of Macedonia) we are herewith informing you of our decision to unfortunately have had cancelled the

FIMITIC- Seminar entitled “Advancing Disability Rights in Europe: People with Physical Disability “

scheduled for the period October 12-15, 2006 at Hotel Granit in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia until a new date in near future.

The reason for this lies of course in the unforeseeable situation created at the very last moment and beyond our control. Due to very late cancellation of three important key speakers and delegates from diverse FIMITIC member associations the risk was too high to reach the aim of and fully succeed with the event.

To have done so we hope that this does not cause you too much inconvenience and place our trust that we will have your support and interest in attending when we fix the new dates.

FIMITIC Seminar on “Advancing Disability Rights in Europe“

”People with Physical Disability in the countries of South Eastern Europe” in Ohrid, FYROMacedonia, on October 12-15, 2006

FIMITIC, the International Federation of Persons with Physical Disability, more than 50 years takes action to improve the life of disabled people covering a wide geographic area, also in the countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Death of a pioneer – FIMITIC Board member Monica Antoci, Romania, has passed away

Bonn, Germany, September 2, 2006

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Monica Antoci,
- President of the Romanian member association AHNR (Association for the
Neuromotor Handicapped of Romania),
- President of the Romanian Disability Council and
- FIMITIC Board member
during a short stay in hospital due to a sudden brain haemorrhage died last Saturday, September 2, 2006, in Arad.
The funeral will take place in Arad on Thursday.

The FIMITIC Board extends its most sincere condolences to Monica Antoci´ s family and the leaders and members of the Romanian member association.

Towards a United Nations Convention on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The report on 8th Ad Hoc Convention committee meeting (by Nigel Brander, Ireland,
President of FIMITIC and representative at the meeting in New York, August 14-25, 2006)
was added to the website. You can read it here

IPC Athletics World Championship Assen, The Netherlands, 2006

Bonn, Germany, September 01, 2006 – For the first time, sports fans around the world will be able to watch footage from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships via the IPC’s Internet television channel

Football World Cup 2006 in Germany - People with Disability

Bonn, August 26, 2006

Shortly after the football World Cup 2006 in Germany this year the football World Cup of People with Disability – 4. INAS (International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability) - FID Fußball WM” will run during the period

August 27 – September 17, 2006

with participation of teams from 16 countries and in 41 different places in Germany.

The opening even as highlight takes place in Cologne on August 27, the starting match in Duisburg on August 29 and final match in Leverkusen on September 16, 2006.

More information available here.

FOR PEACE AND RESPECT OF HUMAN DIGNITY - FIMITIC condemns military actions in Middle East

FIMITIC, the International Federation of Persons with Physical Disability, deeply concerned with the military escalations in the Middle East and violation by all parties in the conflict, herewith strongly

Reaffirms its commitment to the Geneva Convention on Human Rights

Condemns any war because wars create suffering for all people and create additional disabilities

Realizes the extremely difficult situation for all victims of the cruel conflict, their suffering and death of the civilian populations

Expresses grave concern about the outbreak and escalation hostilities in Lebanon and Israel, it’s cynical, misplaced annihilation and mutilation of human life, and the continued violence and degrading treatment of any human being in the name of religion, race or creed

Recalls its dedication of striving towards equality of life for all people on earth with special focus on persons with disabilities in need of disability related urgent and secure access to care at facing new risks from escalating violence

Deplores the failed diplomatic efforts undertaken up to present

Urges all parties concerned to put an end to the violence and its consequences and to immediately resume negotiations now with view to reaching a peaceful solution in conformity with international law and respect of human dignity under coordination and responsibility of the United Nations

Bonn, August 04, 2006

FIMITIC: Global health priority isssue towards equal opportunities for disabled people - World Health Day 2006 - "Working together for health"

Budapest, April 07 2006

On the occasion of its meeting in Budapest, Hungary, the FIMITIC Board outlines that global health becomes priority issue with view to disability prevention and appropriate medical treatment of disabled people. At the core of the meeting a health discussion took place and a call was launched for urgency of all involved in health-related policy, systems and decision making processes on national and international level to meet the requirements for a fair distribution of medical services while also improving the health workforce crisis.

read FIMITIC Press release

The World Health Report 2006 may be found here, login: WHR2006, password: report06

In a "historic" vote, General Assembly creates new UN Human Rights Council

15 March 2006 - Culminating months of intensive negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on a resolution setting up a new Human Rights Council to replace the much-criticized Human Rights Commission ? prompting Secretary-General Kofi Annan to hail this as an "historic" development which will help improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.

The General Assembly decides that the Council will be responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner.
(UN News Centre)

General Assembly resolution
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