The twentieth session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities took place in Geneva on 3 and 4 September. At this session, the Bulgarian delegation was led by Mincho Koralski (Executive Director of the Agency for People with Disabilities), accompanied by about twenty representatives of almost all ministries and agencies related to the people with disabilities in Bulgaria. The purpose of the hearing was to provide answers to a number of questions raised by the Committee following the first Bulgarian report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In response, the Bulgarian delegation misled the Committee saying that the state was implementing disability policies in accordance with the Convention. None of the reports reflected the real situation of Bulgarians with disabilities!Read More
The Opinion of CIL on the Personal Assistance Bill Drafted By the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria May Manolova
Personal assistance is “an instrument which enables a disabled person to lead an independent living (IL). Personal assistance (PA) is the direct and targeted financing of people with disabilities to pay the assistants for the work that a person needs because of a disability.
PA should be provided on the basis of an individual assessment of needs, depending on each person’s life situation and at prices appropriate to the cost of labor at the internal market. People with disabilities should have the right to hire and manage their assistants and to choose the employment model which best suits to their needs. Funds made available for PAs should cover the salaries of the assistants, their other costs arisen from their employment and legal relations, such as contributions for the employer, as well as the costs of providing the service itself, such as administrative and peer support for the beneficiary of personal assistance. “Read More
Dear Mr. Borisov,
as active participants in the process for reforming of the disability policies we are genuinely surprised and deeply saddened by the hasty acceptance of the resignation submitted by Minister Biser Petkov yesterday.Read More
On the occasion of the European Day for Independent Living of People with Disabilities, this year we decided to take a virtual action – we invited our Facebook friends to put a picture of a black T-shirt labeled “The system kills them” on their profile picture. Our invitation was to all who agree that in Bulgaria social policy does not in any way improve the lives of people with disabilities, on the contrary – it leads them to think about euthanasia, to mothers dreaming to die after their children.Read More
Yesterday’s meetings lined with concrete the status quo for several human life spans ahead.
At the death of a French king, one of those present rushed to say the phrase ” Le roi est mort; vive le roi!”, to make it clear to everyone that the kingdom is eternal. That the Territorial Expert Medical Commissions (for short, TEMC) are eternal, although to date they have survived only in our country and in Russia.Read More
THE PRIME MINISTER
OF REPUBLIC OF BULGAIRA
OF LABOUR AND THE SOCIAL POLICIES
Another year has passed – the next one from the last twenty – without any reforms, reasonable changes nor even any intentions for such in the disability sphere.Read More
On December 2, we together with children from schools from Sofia and Pernik painted at the 23rd “Frederick Joliot-Curie” Secondary School in Sofia. We called our meeting “Children’s Creativity and Tolerance”. The children painted a story we wrote. The fairy tale about the Green Elephant with the Red Trunk.Read More