Disabled Peoples' International - Europe
Disabled Peoples International (DPI) is a Human rights organisation committed to the protectionof disabled people’s rights andthe promotion of their full andequal participation in society. Established in 1981, DPI is represented through active membership of national organisations ofdisabled people in over 130countries, including 29 in theEuropean region (DPI Europe).
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We condemns all militant actions and wars !
The Role of DPI in Europe today
Statement on Peace and of People with Disabilities in Emergency Situations
We, members of Disabled Peoples’ International representing people with disabilities worldwide, condemn all activities of war and militant actions that endanger the lives of citizens. We note that people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to death and destruction during bombardment and to on-going isolation during a war. Whether as a result of a targeted attack, genocide or as « collateral damage », the first victims are always the most destitute.
Reports on the civilian casualties of war largely focus on the number of dead. Yet many more people are disabled as a result of bombardment, violence, exploitation and neglect. The UN Security Council’s Resolution 2475 (2019) aims to protect persons with disabilities in conflict situations “to ensure they have access to justice, basic services and unimpeded humanitarian assistance.” However, the indiscriminate nature of bombing, the increasing use of drones, and the generalised chaos during attacks on civilians render this resolution meaningless in assuring the safety of persons with disabilities.
Armed conflict is currently causing misery in Europe, the Middle East, and in at least thirty more countries around the world. However, the economy of war casts its dark shadow on a much broader swath of the world’s most marginalised populations, who bear the brunt of state corruption, parallel economies, and the breakdown of social cohesion among citizens.
As people with disabilities, we raise our voices to affirm our collective humanity and to support all efforts to attain peace. We know that humans are all interdependent - whether in our narrow social circles, our national economies or our global community. To value life is to recognize the relationships upon which we depend, for our daily needs and for the future of our planet. We are all in this together.
Wherever you are and whoever you are, join us in reminding others how precious life is, on all sides of our man-made divides. Demand that your representatives sit down and talk to find peaceful solutions.
Article 11 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities obliges all signatories to protect people with disabilities in emergency situations and to prioritise them in humanitarian actions. The United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe all emphasise that strategies to enact Article 11 must be developed in consultation with organisations of people with disabilities, who must also be involved in fulfilling these strategies. To the contrary, most countries do not include people with disabilities in their emergency plans and do not have national legislation with specific provisions targeting citizens with disabilities.
We, persons with disabilities, demand:
Individuals and organisations joining
First signatories, 17 January 2024
Mr Jean-Luc Simon, DPI France
Ms Zara Todd, DPI UK
Mr Giampiero Griffo, DPI Italia
Mr Shoji Nakanishi, DPI Japan
Mr Lee Young Suk, DPI Korea
Ms Dinah Radke, DPI Germany
Mr Moaffak Alkhafaji, DPI Arab
Mr Nawaf Kabbara, DPI Lebanon
Mr Mohd Abdus Sattar Dulal, DPI Bangladesh
Mr Taisuke Miyamoto, Thailand
Ms Yutta Fricke, Canada
Mr Tambo Camara, DPI Mauritatia
Ms Khalil Jahda Abou, Lebanon
24 January 2024
Participants of the UfM Euro-Mediterranean Conference on the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities 23-24
With an emphasis on the disproportionate impact of the violence on women and girls.
The situation in the Gaza Strip is particularly difficult because the armed conflict is accompanied by a terrible humanitarian crisis due to the lack of medicines, water, food, electricity, petrol and by the displacement of a large part of the population who have no safe place to take shelter.
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