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2019.05.09 09:25

Opposition demands Lithuanian government's explanation over disability rights

LRT.lt 2019.05.09 09:25

After a protest rally over the government's failure to address the needs of disabled people last weekend, the opposition is demanding the prime minister and five of his cabinet members to explain why Lithuania is not meeting its international obligations.

MPs of the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, the Liberal Movement, and the Social Democratic Party note that the current government has pledged to implement the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Lithuania ratified in 2010.

The convention includes provisions guaranteeing people with disabilities equal access to education, employment, independent living, and public services.

Over the last two years, no progress has been made in any of the areas, the opposition insists, and problems faced by people with disabilities are ignored.

Non-governmental organisations have drafted a petition over Lithuania's failure to implement the UN convention.