Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, December 18 2019
NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday.
The Kim Jong Un regime has previously said the rights of the disabled are guaranteed under its disability protection act. Pyongyang has said the law “respects disabled persons, and ensures they have the same social, political rights and freedoms as healthy people,” according to Yonhap.
KCNA also said Wednesday the regime’s federation for the protection of the disabled has been carrying out “training” regarding rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
North Korea has previously said the rights of citizens with disabilities are being protected. In July, Pyongyang sent athletes to China for a table tennis tournament. North Korean athletes won the championship.
North Korea has also participated in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, held in London and Rio de Janeiro, respectively.
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