Europe Apr 11, 2012
Life for Russia’s 15 million persons with disabilities could soon become easier, as the country wants to ratify a UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defending their rights and interests.
President Medvedev sent the convention for ratification in the State Duma.
“The Convention sets a trend for development of society,” said head of the State Duma labor committee, Mikhail Terentyev. “It suggests eliminating barriers in society, which surround every persons with disabilities.”
The UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2006. It is now signed by 153 countries, and 109 countries have ratified it.
The convention focuses on non-discrimination, full and effective participation and inclusion in society, respect for differences, and accessibility.