In one Urgent report Regarding the situation of people with disabilities in Ukraine, Jonas Ruskus, Vice Chairman of the committee said he is “deeply concerned” about the situation of people with disabilities in this country, since it was invaded on the 24th. February.
Mr Ruskus told a news conference in Geneva that they were being held in “inhumane conditions” and that evacuation from residential facilities in conflict zones was not a priority.
Citing information from several disability organizations in the country, the CRPD Vice-President revealed that the commission was aware that at least 12 people with disabilities had died in a boarding facility in the territory controlled by Russia.
He called on both Ukraine and Russia to evacuate them immediately and ensure that the evacuation process is overseen by independent parties.
“Some people with disabilities in Ukraine are still trapped in life-threatening situations and have to be evacuated to ensure they can access basic needs such as food and drink,” Mr. Ruskus told journalists. warm when winter approaches.
He reminded all stakeholders of their obligations to ensure that people with disabilities, including in the current situation in Ukraine, have equal access to services and relief in the community. with others.
Mr. Ruskus also called for the rapid de-institutionalization and investment in community services and called for inclusion of people with disabilities in decision-making whenever international cooperation funds were used.
Before the conflict began, about 2.7 million people in Ukraine lived with a disability.
In August, four independent human rights experts appointed by the United Nations warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are having a “disproportionate impact” on people with disabilities, especially children in educational institutions there.
UN experts expressed hope that investments would be made to build community support to enable children with disabilities to thrive with their families and in similar circumstances. families, not educational institutions.
We hope fervently that Ukraine will commit to a better future for people with disabilities, especially children.
The CRPD findings were issued on Friday along with assessments by other countries.
The report covers the Commission’s key concerns and recommendations for implementation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.