Ekaterinburg will host the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities

31 July 2017

From 7 to 10 September, the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities will be held in Yekaterinburg with the support of Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region Tatiana Merzlyakova.

The event will be attended by 703 people from 27 countries, including Great Britain, China, Germany, the USA, Austria, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, Denmark, Israel, India, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Switzerland, Sweden and New Zealand. Russia will be represented by people with disabilities from 23 constituent entities of the country.

The objectives of the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities are:

— to ensure the possibility of full participation in the life of society;

— to reduce the manifestations of the parasitical approach «everyone owes me»;

— to draw the attention of citizens and the state to the need to create an accessible environment for people with disabilities;

— to show an accessible environment through ready-to-interact people;

— to actualize the issues of observance of the rights of persons with disabilities proclaimed in the UN Convention, confirming the legal status of the Russian Federation as a law-based state ensuring respect for human rights.

The members of the event’s Organizing Committee are regional Commissioner Tatiana Merzlyakova, leaders of the Sverdlovsk Region government, representatives of the regional executive authorities, non-profit organizations and public associations of disabled people.

Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region

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