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Bosnia: Disabled people occupy parliament building in fight for UN Convention

Posted 07/12-09 at 16.30

Bosnian man with crutch in protextDozens of disabled Bosnians vowed Friday not to leave the parliament building in Sarajevo until Bosnia ratified the U.N. Convention on the rights of disabled people.

Over 70 people, many in wheelchairs, set up camp in one of the building's assembly halls Thursday, the International Day of Disabled People.

"We intend to stay here until the parliament meets our demands," said Zijad Arapcic, the head of Bosnia's 75,000-strong disabled people's association, many of them victims of the 1992-95 war.

Bosnian Prime Minister Nikola Spiric said the central cabinet had agreed to ratify the convention last June, but that his minister for human rights and refugees had failed to pass it on to parliament. Spiric said he had asked parliament to dismiss the minister, Safet Halilovic.




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