Between 9 and 13 October 2017, a representative of the Monitoring and Reporting Program of the Moldovan Human Rights Institute (IDOM), together with the representatives of other nongovernmental  organizations for the rights of persons with disabilities (Keystone Moldova, Center of Legal Assistance to Persons with Disabilities (CLAPD), the Association “MOTIVAȚIE” , Alliance of Organizations for Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), and the Association “Sustainable Social Services”) took part in a study visit to Austria, an event organized by Easpd Brussels (the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities).

The purpose of the visit was resumed to familiarizing Moldova’s representatives with Austria’s practice, exchanging experience between the two countries, and taking over the good practices, especially with enforcing Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and creating an independent monitoring mechanism.

The success of the Austrian reform in defending the rights of persons with disabilities to a great extent depended on the efforts made by the civil society and the authorities, which mobilized themselves and worked in this sense, laying emphasis on improving the quality of life of the persons with disabilities and their social inclusion by removing the discriminatory practices and legal measures that impeded the enforcement of the Convention’s provisions.

The study visit was organized under the project “Promotion and Monitoring of the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities from Residential Institutions,” implemented by Keystone Moldova, AOPD and EASPD from the funds of the European Union.


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