News from the Vice President’s Office

22 Aug

Over the last two weeks, Survivor Corps and DISNNET have published the first two weekly bulletins centralizing information about the campaign to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The bulletins have included overviews of the activities of organizations participating in the campaign, information on ratifications in other countries, and articles and news related to the convention. The most recent bulletin includes the following news (roughly translated from Spanish) about the Colombian campaign:

“The office of the Vice President is organizing a press conference in which the Vice President of the Republic, Francisco Santos, will announce that the convention ratification bill is being officially presented to members of Congress as an urgent matter. Thanks to the activities of Oscar Saúl Cortes and Maria Angelica Serrato, with the support of Maria Victoria Garcia de Santos, the members of [our] Human Rights and Capacity Network will be invited to attend the conference, a gesture that recognizes the legitimacy of our network and the work that we are developing together. Although the date of the press conference is to be announced, it is possible that it will take place on the afternoon of August 28.”

Survivor Corps is also putting together an internship program with law students from the Universidad de los Andes. The students are members of a class on law and disability, part of a two-year-old academic program on disability called PAIIS. Over the next few weeks, Survivor Corps and PAIIS will orient the students and define their responsibilities, including production of the weekly bulletin.

Posted By Caroline (Colombia)

Posted Aug 22nd, 2008

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