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May 20 International Conference "Equality and Non-Discrimination: Progress in the Implementation of Legislation and Policy"

24 May 2013

 

Government Commissioner for the Rights of People with Disabilities Oleksiy  Zhuravko took part in an international conference on the joint initiative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights, dedicated to the implementation of legislation and policies to ensure equality and non-discrimination. There  were representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, representatives of the European Court of Human Rights, known international experts, the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, representatives of the central government and NGOs  to discuss issues relating to equality and non-discrimination,

 

Opening the conference, welcomed the audience asked: Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights V. Lutkovska, head of the section on non-discrimination Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Yuri Bojchenko, First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Inna Emelyanov and Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Serhiy Vinokurov.                                                                                                   

 

During the first session of the conference, which was addressed to issues of equality and non-discrimination, the Government Commissioner for the

Rights of People with Disabilities Oleksiy Zhuravko spoke.

In an emotional speech, Oleksiy Zhuravko noted that in Ukraine, undeniably, a problem that led to the introduction of 17 April 2013 of the Government Commissioner for the rights of the people with disabilities, whose work is aimed at helping people with disabilities to feel the enjoying full rights members of society, ensure the right of this category of citizens to equality and non-discrimination, providing them with legal assistance, facilitate the smooth access of people with disabilities to residential and public buildings. It is important for these tasks to cooperate with the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights. Concluding his presentation, Oleksiy Zhuravko stressed that he understands the needs and problems of persons with disabilities as anyone else, because he has disability from childhood. "I am grateful to the President and the Government for everything that is done to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. And I will do everything to ensure that we work and protect the interests of people with disabilities, and the very concept of discrimination disappeared "- said Oleksiy  Zhuravko.