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UK: Lobby called to defend Elaine McDonald and disability rights

Posted 19/07-11 at 16.08

Disability groups have called for a lobby of Kensington & Chelsea Council's Cabinet Meeting on the 21st of July to protest the attack on human rights of Elaine McDonald. As reported by DAA, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled in support of the c ...

Egypt: Protest at failure to implement disability law

Posted 01/07-11 at 01.50

Hundreds of disabled people protested in downtown Cairo on June 17th demanding that the government should enforce a 2010 law that compels the public and private sectors to allocate five per cent of their jobs to the disabled people, whose number e ...

Ghana: Threat of protests over failure to implement disability law

Posted 31/05-11 at 21.25

Disability rights groups are threatening to march to the Osu Castle and Parliament House in Accra to protest the government's failure to bring in the necessary legislative instrument to implement the 2004 Disability Law. The Law provides for access t ...

UK: Thousands march against government attack on disabled people

Posted 13/05-11 at 01.22

On Wednesday, May 11th, five thousand disabled people and supporters from all over Britain made their way to London to protest about the government's cuts to benefits and other policy changes that will make life more difficult than it already is for ...

UK: Protest march by disabled people against benefit cuts

Posted 09/05-11 at 22.57

On Wednesday, May 11th, thousands of disabled people and their families and supporters will march on Westminster in a mass protest against benefit cuts. Jaspal Dhani, chief executive of the United Kingdom Disabled People's Council, said the cuts ...

USA: Disabled people arrested at Washington protest

Posted 04/05-11 at 19.15

Coming to Washington DC from 25 different states, 300 m ...

Sudan: March calls for the protection of disabled people

Posted 29/03-11 at 17.19

On March 22nd, unions and organizations of Arab and Sudanese disabled people marched to the United Nations Headquarters in Khartoum to demand the protection of the human rights of disabled people. They also asked that March 22nd be declared a World D ...

UK: The Hardest Hit – Defending Disabled People's Futures

Posted 29/03-11 at 16.54

On May 11th, disabled people and their supporters will be holding a march on Parliament to express solidarity and anger at the cuts threatening our benefits, services, jobs and rights. After the march many of us will be lobbying our MPs, as the W ...

India: Protest against ‘biased’ consultation on new state disability law

Posted 14/03-11 at 02.36

On the 9th of March, in Chennai, capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, disabled people demonstrated against a consultation being held on new state-level disability legislation. ...

Malaysia: Disabled street vendors protest

Posted 09/03-11 at 23.58

A protest has been launched after authorities in Petaling Jaya tried to move five disabled and elderly street vendors from the Taman Megah market. Disabled people met with Selangor state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar on Monday, Februar ...

USA: Disabled people stage protest against cuts

Posted 02/03-11 at 22.04

In Austin, Texas on March 1st, 400 disabled people and their supporters held a protest against cuts to essential services, outside the governor's office. ...

Egypt: Disabled people fight for democracy

Posted 18/02-11 at 01.31

As the photographs show, disabled people were involved in the Egyptian revolution,   taking a full pa ...

UK: Disabled protesters hemmed in by police barricades

Posted 02/02-11 at 12.18

On January 24th, police in London ‘kettled' (confined within metal barriers) a group of disabled people who were demonstrating peacefully against Atos Origin, the company contracted by the government to deal with the administration of disability ...

UK: Resurgence of protest by disabled people

Posted 06/01-11 at 15.49

Some of the most vulnerable groups the government said it would always safeguard are seeing that they have become the primary targets for spending cuts. Faced with the loss of benefits, housing and services, they are finding their voice in the protes ...

UK: Demo against cuts to housing benefit

Posted 09/12-10 at 12.38

The new Housing Emergency Coalition has called a protest outside Downing St on Wednesday December 15th at 12.30 against the Housing Benefit cap and social cleansing - they want people to take cardboard boxes and sleeping bags. After this disabled ...

Japan: 10,000 disabled people demonstrate for new laws and better support

Posted 03/11-10 at 17.58

A massive rally of 10,000 disabled people in Tokyo on October 29th, called for the new legislation to support disabled people. They have specifically demanded that the 2005 Services and Support for Persons with Disabilities Act be replaced. ...

Israel: Disabled people demand minimum wage-level benefits

Posted 29/10-10 at 21.15

On October 25th, hundreds of disabled people took part in a demonstration opposite the Finance Ministry and Social Affairs Ministry offices in Jerusalem, demanding that their disability benefits be increased to the level of the minimum wage. ...

UK: Disabled people lead protest against the Tory cuts

Posted 06/10-10 at 16.24

On October 3rd, outside the Conservative Party Conference, disabled people headed up a march, together with trade unions and other groups, to demonstrate against the proposed budget cuts. ...

UK: DPO campaigns against cuts

Posted 02/09-10 at 14.08

The Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP), representing over 40 DPOs and 400 individual members, is mounting a campaign against the proposed budget cuts that threaten to slash a wide range of benefits and services for disabled people and th ...

USA: Disabled people arrested in protest against cuts

Posted 27/08-10 at 13.18

Twenty-two disabled people were arrested when they stopped traffic during a large, colourful demonstration outside California's Capitol Building on August 18th. 200 to 300 people had come to protest against the savage cuts to programmes supporting ...

Pacific Rim - Disability Forum calls for inclusive Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Posted 06/07-10 at 03.31

In April, government representatives, DPOs, NGOs and others from the region* met at the 3rd Pacific Rim International Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Honolulu. Their main concern was the invisibility of disability and disabled peo ...

Ghana: Disabled people call for implementation of Disability Act

Posted 06/07-10 at 01.35

The Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) has called on the government to implement the 2006 Disability Act and ratify the UN Convention. As the former was passed on June 23rd, 2006, the GFD also wants the date to be officially recognised as the ...

Bangladesh: National DPO demands budget allocation for disabled people

Posted 01/06-10 at 13.49

At a press conference on May10th, Md. Abdus Sattar Dulal, president of the National Alliance of Disabled Peoples Organizations (NADPO), demanded a 10 percent allocation of the National Budget to support disabled people (who comprise 10% of the countr ...

Europe: Disabled people must not pay for the economic crisis

Posted 13/05-10 at 13.23

The General Assembly of European Disability Forum, meeting in Madrid (May 8th and 9th), issued a strongly worded resolution demanding that disabled people do not bear the cost of the current economic crisis. There is concern that because o ...

India: Disabled people on hunger strike against Indian Railways

Posted 11/05-10 at 21.25

On May 5th, disabled people in Chennai, Tamil Nadu staged a hunger strike to protest the decision of Indian Railways to open up disabled-friendly coaches for the general public. This came after nine months of making representations pointing out th ...

India: Mass demonstration of disabled people demand rights charter

Posted 28/04-10 at 21.09

On April 20th, the National Platform for the Rights of disabled people staged a protest outside the parliament building. Thousands of disabled ...

EGYPT: Disabled people in 50-day rights protest

Posted 15/04-10 at 20.47

It is now April 2010, and for almost 2 months dozens of disabled people have been protesting outside Egypt's parliament building for such basic human rights as housing and jobs. Mahrousa Salem, coordinator of the demonstration, said, "We'v ...

Pakistan: Disabled people demand political representation

Posted 24/03-10 at 17.39

On March 18th, the Pakistan Disability Forum (PDF) organized a mass demonstration in Islamabad to demand reserved seats for disabled persons to be included the upcoming constitutional amendments. This would give disabled people similar rights to p ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Disabled people on hunger strike

Posted 04/03-10 at 15.38

In Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovinia, disabled employees in the Institute for Dystrophics are on hunger strike over job losses and the threat of bankruptcy. If the latter were to happen the disabled residents would be left ...

India: Disabled people on hunger strike over health centre closure

Posted 16/12-09 at 18.00

40 disabled people went on a hunger strike at Barasat, West Bengal, demanding the reopening of a health centre that has been closed by the district authorities. "We have been demanding an upgrade of the health service infrastructure for y ...

UK: Victory for crucial disabled people’s campaign in Edinburgh

Posted 26/11-09 at 14.04

Plans to tender care services, against the wishes of and without consulting disabled people, was suspended after a 10 hour meeting of the City Council. 300 people attended and police had to be called in to control the crowd. The whole process of t ...

Bangladesh: DPO delegation meets Speaker of Parliament

Posted 03/09-09 at 14.44

A seven-member joint delegation of Bangladesh ...

Disabled students face beatings in US school

Posted 26/08-09 at 19.18

More than 40,000 disabled students suffered physical punishment, including beatings, in US state schools (2006-07) . This was revealed in "Impairing Education: Corporal Punishment of Students with Disabiliti ...

Freedom Drive in Strasbourg

Posted 02/07-09 at 10.49

The Freedom Drive,organised by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), will be on 13th - 18th September this year. ...

Disabled people protest over cuts

Posted 09/03-09 at 23.25

About 2000 disabled people and their families turned up on Saturday, 8th March in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. They wanted to show their disapproval at the govenor's budget plans for May. The proposed cuts would endanger many programs that offer supp ...

UK Government to reserve on rights of disabled people.

Posted 05/03-09 at 00.38

DAA is pleased that the UK government is progressing the ratification process. However, the proposed reservations in four important areas is disappointing. After years of campainging and meetings with officials, this outcome is very depressing. Re ...

Call For Action Gordon Brown

Posted 03/02-09 at 20.47

The Alliance for Inclusive Education ALLFIE is calling all disabled people and their allies for action, because the UK Government is currently planning to reduce our rights in education. At the end of the ALLFIE article, we have reproduced a campa ...

“One of the Best Articles on Euthanasia you will ever read…”

Posted 21/01-09 at 13.04

If doctors who won't kill are 'wicked,' the world is sick By Licia Corbella  Calgary Herald - Saturday, January 10. 2009 Talk about Orwellian. A woman described as a "leading expert in ethics" has decl ...

3rd December, International Day of Disabled People - Events and campaigns

Posted 08/12-08 at 21.43

What I did on International Day. Where were you on 3rd December 2008? We would love to hear your story. Please leave a comment about what you did, the event you took part in and people you met. "I had the day off work and met up ...

ACTION ALERT!

Posted 30/10-08 at 14.18

Remember, Remember the 5th of November ... In a modern twist on the Gun Powder Plot disabled activists and campaigners will present a petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at 10 Downing Street next week. The petition, of over fif ...

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