Monday, July 11, 2005

If not a revolution, a historic step for Turkey’s disabled

The Turkish Parliament adopts a new law on disabled people that stipulates penalties in the Turkish Penal Code for discrimination on the basis of disability

As part of efforts to achieve international standards in human rights, Turkey has to date implemented various pieces of legislation, one of which was the revision of a law governing treatment of the disabled that was adopted by the Turkish Parliament before its summer recess.

Lokman Ayva -- the first and only blind member of the Turkish Parliament -- from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) described the law as “revolutionary” since it sends the message from Turkey's administration to the country's disabled that “there can be no excuse for discriminating against people due to their disabilities.”

(Source: Turkish Daily News)

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