Bosnia and Herzegovina: Minister restates commitment to deinstitutionalisation

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Mr Čamber, has publically re-stated the commitment of BiH to deinstitutionalisation (DI) at a roundtable organised by the Sumero Alliance – one of the Opening Doors campaign’s national partners in the country.

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At the meeting, held to discuss the situation of children and adults with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Mr Čamber addressed civil society representatives, professionals and persons with disabilities who have experienced life in institutional care and announced that the entity’s official strategy on DI will soon be completed.

Numerous strategies for the prevention of institutionalisation were discussed at the meeting which was attended by the Director of USAID’s Department for Democratisation Mrs. Dana Beegun.

Highlighting the ongoing discrimination against people with disabilities in the country, civil society organisations called on the Government to modernise and humanise the social protection system for children and adults with disabilities, insisted on the need for programmes to address discrimination and called for the implementation of existing national and international commitments.

The President of the Sumero Alliance, Ms. Fata Ibralić stressed that BiH, as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), must take concrete steps to improve the social protection of children and adults with disabilities and establish quality support services in the community as an alternative to institutional care.

The roundtable was held on 31 January 2014 as part of the project Strengthening and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in BiH, which is supported by USAID and implemented by Sumero Alliance for Support to Persons with Intellectual Difficulties.