Dear friends,

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!

To us, such a statement is, to put it mildly, inadmissible and conveying the interests of Bulgarians with disabilities. Therefore, we made and delivered to Mr. Koralski a protest declaration, in which we insist he and the delegation he led, within 48 hours from today, 10.09.2018, to inform the UN Committee about the real situation in the field of the disabilities in Bulgaria (inc.N 0023-5438/10.09.2018 of the APD).

Otherwise, we express our readiness for protests. We have attached to the declaration and a list of the names of all those who, at 8:00 AM on September 10, 2018, have expressed their support to the declaration in Facebook.