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El Salvador Pays No Attention to Its Laws for Disabled People

Jaime Vásquez Villalta writes in his Spanish-language blog Desde mi Silla (From my chair) denouncing El Salvador's failure to observe the United Nations’ 1971 Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons. He mentions the six basic rights [es] of disabled people, according to international human rights legislation.

Vásquez describes what happens in his country:

Las normas jurídicas que amparan los derechos de las personas con discapacidad en El Salvador, es la Ley de Equiparación de Oportunidades para las Personas con Discapacidad, quien tiene como objetivo establecer el régimen de equiparación de oportunidades para las personas con discapacidad físicas, mentales psicológicas y sensoriales, ya sean congénitas. En la práctica son incumplidos y el Estado presta poca o nula atención a estas violaciones.

Las personas con discapacidad tienen derechos que deben ser respetados, para ello se requiere de reformas legales que den cumplimiento a lo establecido y, sobre todo, que todos los que conformamos una sociedad salvadoreña tomemos conciencia y cambiemos de actitud hacia las personas con discapacidad.

Legislation that protects the rights of disabled people in El Salvador, which is the Law of Equal Opportunities for Disabled People, has the purpose of establishing a system of equal opportunities for people with physical, mental, psychological and sensory impairments, whether or not they be congenital. In reality, these are not observed and the state pays almost no attention to these violations.

Disabled people have rights that must be respected and legal changes are necessary to comply with what is established, and, above all, everyone in Salvadorean society has to be aware and change our attitude towards disabled people.

This post was part of the fifth #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of blogs on GV] on June 2, 2014.

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