Two Kosovars’ Experts on Human Rights and Disabilities end today a two weeks gathering with colleagues from twelve countries in Stockholm, Sweden where they discussed improvements of Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities.
The International Programme is organised by Shia - the Swedish Organisations' of Persons with Disabilities International Aid Association and funded by Sida - the Swedish Development and Cooperation Agency.
- The Swedish experience of strategies and action plans regarding persons with disabilities is very interesting and best ways to join EU and also big opportunity to implement the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, says Hiljmnijeta Apuk representing Little People of Kosova.
Moreover, Zamira Hyseni Duraku, the executive director of Kosovo Mental Disability Rights Initiative stated that “the experience in Sweden was a great opportunity for us to increase our knowledge regarding human rights of persons with disabilities, learn from best practices in the region, as well as new methods to influence changes in our countries".
Since 2005 Shia has certified more than 150 Human Rights Experts from more than 60 countries. In the Programme participants meet representatives from UN, World Bank as well as other International experts on Human Rights and Disabilities. On this 8th International gathering participants represented Kosova, Macedonia, Monte Negro, Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Serbia, Moldova and Azerbaijan.
Exhibition of authentic culture of persons with disabilities by author Hiljmnijeta Apuk was opened during the Programme.
- It is of utmost importance to strengthen the rights of, and empower, Persons with Disabilities and to exchange professional knowledge as well as best practices within the field of Human Rights and Disabilities, says Roland Hakansson, Chairman of the Swedish Organisations' of Persons with Disabilities International Aid Association.
For more Information, please contact:
Hiljmnijeta Apuk, Little People of Kosova, phone + 377 (0) 44 293 518
Zamira Hyseni, Kosovo Mental Disability Rights Initiative, + 377 (0) 44 176 287
Neven Milivojevic, Course Manager, Shia, phone +46 70 6390068
The Campaign also aims to fight against poverty, decrease unemployment, promoting increased access into daily community life and fight against the discrimination with which the persons with disabilities are faced everyday. Also, this campaign promotes the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and lobbies for its implementation in Kosovo.