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Disabled workers get more rights in Syria

December 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Culture

Private sector companies are now legally required to employ a proportion of disabled staff. Phil Sands has the story.

Under the legislation, passed in April, all companies must take at least two per cent of their employees from among those registered as disabled, or face fines equivalent to the salaries they would be paying those workers.

As the largest employer in the country, the government plans to hire four per cent of its total staff from the disabled register.

Asma al Assad, the wife of Syria’s president, Bashar al Assad, has led a campaign to change perceptions of disabled people and promote them as a valuable national resource.

Syria is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and hosted this year’s Special Olympics for the Middle East and North Africa.

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  • 1 Tara T. // Dec 14, 2010 at 6.09 pm

    It is great to see these types of positive changes in Syria. The Open Hands Initiative was just in Damascus in August to raise awareness of disability rights and the UN Convention. Youth disability advocates came from the US to meet with their Syrian counterparts to create a comic book to help improve inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities. Mrs. Asma Al-Assad even attended the summit to meet with the youth.

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