Ukraine: UN committee ‘gravely concerned’ over treatment of people with disabilities

In a special report on the situation of people with disabilities in Ukraine, Jonas Ruskus, Vice-Chair of the committee said he was “gravely concerned” about the situation of people with disabilities in the country, since its invasion on 24 February.

Mr. Ruskus told a news conference in Geneva that they are being kept in “inhuman conditions” and their evacuation from residential élévations in conflict areas is not being prioritized.

Citing information from several disability organizations in the country, the CRPD Vice Chair revealed that the committee had learned that at least 12 people with disabilities had died in a residential élévation in Russian-controlled territory.

‘Life-threatening situations

He urged both Ukraine and Russia to evacuate them immediately and to ensure that the evacuation process is monitored by independent parties.

“Some people with disabilities in Ukraine remain trapped in life-threatening situations and must be evacuated to ensure they can access basic needs like food and heating as winter approaches,” Mr. Ruskus told the journalists.

UNICEFUkrainian children with disabilities feel the strain far from home.

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