Azerbaijan, Baku, March 2, / Trend A. Huseynbala /
Project related to disabled persons' rights implemented in Azerbaijan.
"Under the project, there were conducted legal elucidative workshops in Baku, Ganja, Sumgayit, Lankoran, Sheki, Tovuz, Khachmaz and Shirvan, with 183 disabled persons in attendance," Hafiz Safikhanov, Head of the Azerbaijani antipersonnel mine ban campaign, told an event on Tuesday.
According to Safikhanov, the participants in the events included invalids of the Karabakh war, persons, who served for the former USSR armed forces in Afghanistan, persons who have become invalids as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, labor invalids, and inborn invalids. "The invalids most often complained of problems related to their labor rights, a group of invalidity specified by medical public commissions of experts, difference between pensions of invalids of the same group, receipt of education, and other issues," Safikhanov said.
Approximately 10 percent (650 million people) of the world's population currently are invalids. Of total number of invalids, 80 percent reside in developing countries. Ninety percent of children-invalids in developing countries do not attend school. More than 80 percent of invalids are unemployed. According to studies, as a result of wars, every third child becomes a temporary invalid or acquires permanent invalidity.
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