Commissioner at Parliamentary Board on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Position of persons with disabilities and attitude of the society toward them remains unsatisfactory, despite the progress, as evidenced also by Commissioner’s practice in which disability has been a leading ground of discrimination in complaints for years now, said Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic at the session of the Board on Labor, Social Affairs, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction, held on the occasion of 3 December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Commissioner stated that persons with disability should be enabled to participate more actively in all matters that concern their lives, which is envisaged also by UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Serbia, as one of 177 UN member states. She stressed that UN recommendation to Serbia are implying that existing regime of “decision making in the name of other” should be replaced by regime of “decision making with help of other”.

Jankovic stressed that Commissioner proposes necessary amendments not only in order to harmonize the regulations with international law and standards, but also because of the need to abolish double standards in the process of determining of the ability of persons with certain difficulties and persons without difficulties, which are also related to determining of business capacity and reminded that business ability is one of the basic preconditions for recognizing a person within the legal system of a country.

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