Parliament Commissioner for human rights Valeria Lutkovska urged the education Ministry to withdraw from circulation books that are in their name contain links to the diagnosis of children with special educational needs. This is stated in the open letter of the Ombudsman.
«In a country in which from the Central to the local level are declared the principles of equality, inclusion, respect for diversity, ensuring the rights of people with disabilities, the Ministry of education and science has published textbooks containing outdated and derogatory terminology in relation to children with special educational needs. The textbook, the cover of which is written «for mentally retarded children», automatically separates children with special educational needs from their peers, degrades the honor and dignity of both the child and his parents,» it says.
Lutkovska hopes that the Ministry of education will withdraw from circulation books that are in their name contain links to the diagnosis of a child with special educational needs.
«It is a pity that until now, medical diagnoses continue to be used also in public debates to humiliate their opponents. Unfortunately, in the case of certain people’s deputies, these statements have a wide range of relay, which reinforces their negative consequences», — said the Ombudsman.
She noted that hate speech can cause segregation of persons living with down syndrome and the spread of stereotypes about their inability to live fully in society.
«Of particular importance is the fact that the bearer of such a statement was the representative of the Supreme legislative body of the state, and therefore, his opinion is authoritative for the voters», — underlined Lutkovska.
The Ombudsman considers that both situations happened because of the neglect of officials in the Ministry and member of Parliament, modern approaches to understanding the problems of people with disabilities
According to Lutkovska, in this question it is necessary to follow the basic principles of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
«Article 8 of the Convention requires States parties to take effective and urgent measures to improve education of society on disability issues, to foster respect for their rights and dignity; combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices against persons with disabilities in all spheres of life,» — said Lutkovska.
The Ombudsman is waiting for official comment from the Ministry and a proper response from the MP.
Recall, the first controversial textbooks drew the attention of the users of social networks.
Previously, the public is also outraged by the course of «family values», which the Ministry of education suggested schools.
Lutkovska urged the education Ministry to withdraw school textbooks which have links to the diagnosis of children with special needs 26.01.2017