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Report on rights of persons with disability welcomed at committee

17 March, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Martina Anderson’s report on rights of persons with disability discussed at committee

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a constructive discussion on her opinion report which was discussed at length at the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee this morning.

Speaking after the debate MEP Anderson said;

“A few weeks ago I submitted a draft opinion on the rights of persons with disabilities to the Civil Liberties committee. In that opinion I called on the European Union to focus on the promotion of several rights, including the full implementation of the UN recommendations on the rights of persons with disabilities, full implementation of a European accessibility act, the removal of all barriers for people with disabilities and, crucially, the protection of the rights of our most vulnerable disabled people, including stateless people, homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers.

“Today that opinion was discussed at committee. I am very grateful for all the contributions and constructive suggestions. I was delighted to see support for the opinion from across the political spectrum and believe this bodes well for the future of the report.

MEP Anderson concluded;

“The next stage in the finalising of the report into the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the proposing of amendments. I and my colleagues will be submitting numerous amendments and I look forward to working with all interested MEPs and the disability sector to promote and protect the rights of disabled citizens in Ireland and across Europe.”

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