On Saturday, March 22, 2014, we discussed the Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Participation in political and public life, within the Group of People with Intellectual Disabilities, who have been deprived of the right to live in the community.
Group members provided examples from their own experience, where one could easily recognize violations of the right to vote and participate in the community life by the institution they lived in.
So, upset, a group member told us: “If we do not vote for the person indicated, they tell us that they will send us to Badiceni”. Badiceni refers to one of the psycho-neurological boarding school for adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems.
Although they had already had voting experiences, the group members learned about the fact that the vote was secret and carried out based on personal decision only on Saturday.
Group members have also stated that they need support to learn to express their opinions and thoughts. „We did not talk much at the boarding school, we were ordered to keep silent” said they.
The Group of People with Intellectual Disabilities, who have been deprived of the right to live in the community, has been created on October 23, 2013, with the goal to train skills of self-advocacy and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.
This activity is a part of the project People with Disabilities – actors in preventing and combating discrimination, implemented by Keystone Moldova, with the financial support of Soros-Moldova Foundation, Equality and Civic Engagement Program.
Eliza Caus, project coordinator, Keystone Moldova