In September 2007, the spirits were shaken by a documentary, when it aired on BBC 4. “Abandoned Children of Bulgaria” (directed by Kate Blewett) shows footage from the institution in Mogilino, that may have caused many people’s sleeplessness. We have seen such photos only from concentration camps – children who are literally “skin and bones”, left behind in their physical development due to malnutrition, poor conditions and lack of adequate medical care; who are closed in their world to survive; who are scolded by the staff as a flock; naked on the stairs, who have not felt the breeze outside and have not known what the play is; who have never gone to school; who die in profound misery and who are buried in somebody’s else grave.Read More
“Copy-paste policy” is such a policy that relies on the repeat, which satisfies the natural desire of the authorities to avoid change. However, despite its critical potential, the concept can be a conceptual Trojan horse for at least two reasons related to its two components.Read More
What changes do we need in the law on the integration of persons with disabilities?
Even at its adoption, it was clear that the Law on the Integration of Persons with Disabilities was rather an unsuccessful compromise between regulations for “integration”, as demanded by some human rights organizations and experts from the European Union, and “social service” mechanisms, which were urged by the government and supported by nationally represented organizations.Read More
“BGN 2.5 million for disabled people are sinking into the association” – this title you can read in “168 hours” newspaper. Аcross the page is getting to the bottom of the “huge amount”. Unproven suggestions are made for the worthless efforts, because second-hand clothes, flour and sugar or day-care are not offered. The article, as a whole, is not worthy of attention, if it was not making meaningless any activity that helps people to learn, to seek solutions to the problems themselves, to uphold their human rights, which are seriously violated by the state; the risk of any human rights project being identified as “meaningless”.Read More
The draft Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities was adopted by the AD HOC committee on friday 25 august 2006.
The Convention is a set of 40 articles, aiming at prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life. Although it doesn’t create new rights, it is a step toward the international recognition of the necessity to develop specific instruments for the full respect of Human Rights toward the estimated 650 million persons with disabilities in the world.Read More
On the Weekend of July 15th-16th has taken place the third meeting of the “No Policy For Us Without Us” project. The aim of this project is to enhance the participation of disabled people, individually or through their organization, in the decision-making process at the municipal level.Read More