The Government of Slovenia have rejected the draft law on Personal Assistance at a meeting on the 19th July 2012. By rejecting this draft law, people with disabilities in Slovenia have been denied the possibility of freedom and independence and denied the right to live in the community with the same opportunities as other citizens.
We call for your support for the adoption of the Law on Personal Assistance in Slovenia. You can show your support by printing off this letter, signing it and sending it to the Minister Vizjsk at Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs in Ljubljana.
Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs
Mr. Andrej Vizjak, Minister
Kotnikova ulica 28
SUBJECT: Letter of support for the adoption of the Law on Personal Assistance in Slovenia
Dear Minister Vizjak,
I am writing to you on behalf of (name of the organisation) in relation to the negative opinion that the Government of Slovenia adopted at its meeting on 19th July 2012, rejecting the draft Law on Personal Assistance (PA). We believe that by rejecting the draft Law, you have deprived people with disabilities in Slovenia of the possibility of freedom and independence, and denied them the right to live in the community with the same opportunities as other citizens.
We are aware that YHD has presented its own proposal of the Law on Personal Assistance and that the Government has not taken it into consideration, because it plans to include the Law on Personal Assistance in the Law on Long Term Care.
We at (name of the organization) support the efforts and aspirations of YHD and other disabled individuals, their right to live in the community and to be actively involved in making decisions that affect their lives. This can only be achieved by enabling them to obtain Personal Assistance. We also call on you to respect the principles arising from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ratified by Slovenia), which states that people with disabilities have the right to live independently and to be included in the community. Without the service of personal assistance, many people with disabilities are sentenced to a life in institutional care.
The right to live in the community is set out in Article 19 of the Convention, according to which persons with disabilities should “have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance”. Services provided must “support living and participation in the community” and “prevent isolation or segregation”.
Dear Minister Vizjak, we urge you to reconsider the decision to reject the Law on Personal Assistance. We also call on you to take a more active role in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, and to condemn discriminatory practices that are forcing the most vulnerable members of society into poverty and social exclusion.
Thank you for your consideration.
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