European Disability Forum demands that Polish Parliament and authorities to stop inhumane treatment of protesters

24 May 2018
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The Polish Parliament is subjecting protesters with disabilities to sub-human conditions. This is an affront to human rights and to the basic dignity every human is entitled to. The European Disability Forum demands the Polish Parliament to stop immediately.

Details of the Polish Parliament mistreatment include:

  • Not allowing carers to be with the protestors;
  • Protestors sleep on mattresses arranged on the marble floor of one of the corridors, with the lights on;
  • Meals are consumed at the place where they sleep;
  • Protestors cannot open windows;
  • Protestors are suspended from going outside of the Parliament (including enclosing the area with a steel fence);
  • The Polish Parliament is restricting access to external people: they are only allowed to enter with express special permit issued personally by the head of the Polish Sejm administration.
  • Due to the above, protestors have to rely on parliamentarians sympathetic to their cause for laundry and meals;
  • Also, the protestors are not able to meet with their physiotherapists;
  • They have only one designated toilet which they can approach only with a designated path;
  • The police forbade meeting with the public and high-profile figures such as Janina Ochojska, head of the Polish Humanitarian Action.
  • They will fence of the area during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly taking place on the 25th May 2018.

These facts were corroborated by several highly-regarded officials, such as Member of the European Parliament Marek Plura.

The European Disability Forum denounces this inhumane treatment and demands the immediate improvement of conditions and re-establishment of dialogue between the authorities and protestzrs.

We did so in an open letter to several Polish, European and United Nations authorities. We also wrote an open letter to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly members asking them to hear the protesters’ story.

Yannis Vardakastanis declares

The protesters are being subjected to an inhumane treatment by the Polish State. The Polish authorities need to remove these degrading conditions immediately. The European disability movement stands with the protesters.”


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