Press release - 927(2010)

More action needed for most vulnerable people with disabilities, says Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General

Strasbourg, 02.12.2010 - 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, urging governments to use the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) to make a firm commitment to those most in need.

Her call comes as the 47-nation organisation prepares to launch a mid term review of its Disability Action Plan 2006 – 2015, showing good 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. Let us use the next five years to ensure that disability action is truly inclusive for all,” she said.

The Deputy Secretary General will be amongst speakers at a conference at the Elite World Hotel, Istanbul on 9 and 10 December organised under the Turkish chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, where the report will be unveiled. Mrs Abdullah Gül, wife of the President of Turkey, will address the opening session. Conference participation is by invitation only.

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