Bulgaria to Finally Ratify Disabled People Rights Convention
Bulgaria is finally set to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, a high-ranking MP has announced.
"Bulgaria is about to ratify the Convention for the rights of disabled people at the beginning of 2012," MP Svetlana Angelova from the ruling center-right party GERB, a Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Labor and Social Policy Committee, said in Ruse Sunday, as cited by BTA.
In her words, the ratification of the UN document has been expected for a long time by the disabled people in Bulgaria, which is one of the few states in the world that has failed to ratify it.
The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006 and opened for signature on 30 March 2007. Following ratification by the 20th party, it came into force on 3 May 2008. As of December 2011, it has 153 signatories and 107 parties, including the European Union
Angelova explained that once the Convention is ratified it will lead to a number of legislation amendments in order to protect disabled people in Bulgaria against discrimination in education, healthcare, and environment.
She added that the Bulgarian Penal Code will be amended in 2012 to criminalize the evasion of social security payments.