Representative organizations “Mladiinfo Montenegro” attended the International Conference “Support Human Rights” organized by the Center for Social Research, Global Analysis from Sarajevo. The event was organized at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo and it is financially supported by the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Canton Sarajevo in 12. December 2018.
The conference was organized with the aim of strengthening the human rights of all persons, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities. The conference was attended by experts in the field of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights of both domestic and regional countries, and people with disabilities themselves.
The conference was opened by the executive director of Global Analytics, Anes Agović, who pointed out that the organization is committed to equal rights, especially the rights of persons with disabilities and that only together can we contribute to achieving better placement of these persons in the society.
“In the last four years, Global Analytics has hired four people with disabilities and our main goal was to rehabilitate or that they themselves realize that they really can contribute to self and society. My goal was to empower them to engage themselves and advocate for their rights, “said Agović in his opening remarks.
The conference also discussed the rights of persons with disabilities in international instruments and national legislation. About this subject through the legislative framework, spoke Doc.dr Sabira Šašić Gadžo that in his speech concluded that there is a legal framework, legal acts and other documents regulating the rights of persons with disabilities who work in different ways depending on the Canton region in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina or unfortunately insufficiently applied in practice.
About OSI state and their position in Montenegro spoke representative organizations “Mladiinfo Montenegro”, Elma Selmanović who noted that the very small nuances when it comes to legislation and general situation of persons with disabilities both in Montenegro and in the countries of our neighbors. However she pointed out that, unlike BiH still more has been done to improve these individuals to the field of education, employment and social protection.
“Montenegro is increasingly promoting and developing a new attitude towards people with disabilities. To raise awareness and positive reflection on their abilities, skills and issues affecting European integration, as well as many international documents, which strongly promote the human rights of persons with disabilities and favoring take decisive measures to create equal conditions for their active participation in all spheres of society “said Selmanović.
That is a little better the situation of persons with disabilities in Serbia in relation to the BIH showed this in his speech Žaklina Eftimovski representative of the NGO “alphabet” of Serbia. What is the legal framework better decorated than in Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding persons with disabilities are the Law on Employment and Rights of Unemployment Insurance, the Law on professional rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities, as well as the Law on Social Protection. However, even if the situation on paper in Serbia is better we cannot say that in practice that have applied.
“There is skepticism about the successful implementation of these measures. Discrimination in the labor sphere of persons with disabilities is assessed as present, mostly in the area of the employment of these persons. At the same time, it is considered that these cases often remain invisible to the competent institutions, primarily because of fear, or because of other forms of learned helplessness of people with disabilities. Employers are not perceived as sufficiently willing to hire persons with disabilities still, primarily because employers do not want them to be suffering from work, “she said Eftimovski.
At the very end of the attendees had the opportunity to ask Rinata Kevrić, student of the Faculty of Political Sciences hear how to be a person with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His life story after stroke, as well as the prejudices and obstacles encountered shared Kevrić and thus contributed to the celebration of this very important day for people with disabilities.