Equality Bodies

Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia: insights from the 2017 CRPD Conference

On 29th November 2017, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia co-organised their annual CRPD conference, as well as an award ceremony for persons with disabilities and NGOs.

Award ceremony for people with disabilities NGOs

On November 29, 2017 the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Organization of people with disabilities and their friends “APEIRONS” and National Library of Latvia organized the award ceremony for people with disabilities NGOs.

People with disabilities NGOs were rewarded in six categories:

  • “The loudest voice”
  • “Promoter of employment”
  • “Social campaign”
  • “Defendant of children with disabilities rights”
  • “Service provider”
  • “Promoter of education”

The Ombudsman of Latvia handed out the special recognitions to those NGOs which actively participated in the work of UN Committee on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, while a State report of Latvia was reviewed in the Committee.
Additionally Minister of Welfare handed out recognitions to those organizations, institutions and people who have promoted the rights of persons with disabilities in 2017.

Annual CRPD conference “The employment for persons with disabilities”

On the same day, the same organisations organized their annual conference on the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This conference addressed the employment of persons with disabilities.

In the first session, people with various types of disabilities shared their positive and negative experience about employment. It was clearly pointed out thatreasonable accommodation and stereotypes play major role when talking about people with disability rights to work.

In the second session, representatives of state institutions (Parliament, Ministry of Welfare etc.) informed about existing and planned activities to improve inclusive employment for persons with disabilities.

Representatives of employers’ organizations pointed out that existing normative regulation is the main reason why employers hesitate to hire people with disabilities, as currently it is very hard to dismiss a person with disability, even if the person is not fit for the job.

In the third session, the Ombudsman and cooperation partners presented new guidelines “Reasonable accommodation for employees with disability”.

See introductory article on this topic from 21 November 2017

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