Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew and the rights of persons with disabilities

The rights of persons with disabilities are routinely left out of the conversation on human rights – especially after major natural disasters like this month’s Hurricane Matthew. Emilio Deas explores what the situation in Haiti is for persons with disabilities before and after Hurricane Matthew. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Times of Disaster Emilio Deas, Disability Rights Fund October 23, 2016   Until a month ago, Emilio Neas’ region in Haiti was rich in agriculture and beautiful sand beaches. Now, as a result of Hurricane Matthew, over a thousand people are dead and thousands have lost their homes and livelihoods. The delivery of humanitarian aid is hampered by impassable roads and now, a heavy rain that is flooding the rivers and streams. “The country is on its knees. The […]

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