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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: End Disabled People's "Double Discrimination"

Governments must do more to prevent the “double discrimination” faced by Europe’s most vulnerable people with disabilities, said Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio.

She urged governments to use the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) to make a firm commitment to those most in need.

The Deputy Secretary General made the appeal as the 47-nation organisation prepares to launch a mid term review of its Disability Action Plan 2006 – 2015 in Istanbul on 9 and 10 December

Early indications suggest that it will show overall progress on access to jobs, education and mobility, but gaps in care for the most vulnerable – such as women, children, the elderly, migrants, minorities and refugees with disabilities.

“It is a shame to mar the good general progress on important issues by failing to respond to the needs of those who face double discrimination," she said. "Let us use the next five years to ensure that disability action is truly inclusive for all.

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