St. Ives Society, April 14, 2016 – The Catholic Center for Human Rights of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem concluded with a press conference the social campaign undertaken in favor of the rights of disabled persons. The meeting was an opportunity to announce the results of the operation.
Director – St. Yves Society
“This campaign is part of our project which aims to guarantee the rights of disabled people and has been going on for three years. It started on January 1, 2015 and it will end end on 31 December, 2017. It was made possible thanks to the European Union funds, in cooperation with the ‘Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children’ and with the ‘Swedish Diakonia’.”
European Union Representative
“Today we celebrate the end of the campaign ‘rights to accessibility for disabled’, which is part of our program to support disabled people in Jerusalem. We are committed to improving levels of awareness among Palestinians about the rights of disabled people and to offer legal advice in order to support their rights and offer them protection.”
The St. Ives Society was founded at the initiative of the Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, and the current president, His Beatitude Fouad Twal. The St. Yves Society offers consulting services in East Jerusalem and in the southern West Bank to all those in need, without distinction.
Regional Vice-director – Diakonia
“The project is divided into two parts: in the first section, in which our partner is the Princess Basma Institute, we work with children with autism and ADHD (ie, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder). We hope to increase the level of awareness of people with disabilities in East Jerusalem with regard to their rights, their own legal benefits as the rest of the citizens; so that they are aware of their rights, learn how to claim them and find them, and remember what they are.”
The campaign stems from the belief of the importance of involving people with disabilities in all aspects of life, to allow them to enjoy their rights and to receive all the services they need, from improved circulation and transportation, to ensure access to various public places and greater freedom of movement. Small steps to rediscover their own value and dignity.