The Malta Independent 24 September 2018, Monday

St Helen’s feast set-up blocks access to pavement for wheelchair users

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 14:24 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability has noted the lack of cooperation by the St Helen’s Collegiate in Birkirkara resulting in parts of the feast setup blocking access to a pavement for persons who use wheelchairs.

The CRPD is informed that on Triq Santwarju, an angel was placed on a column exactly in front of the pavement ramp. The CRPD contacted the members of those responsible for the feast, who resisted every type of change that could lead to a solution which would respect the rights of persons with disability, the CRPD said. “The only concession offered was that this particular statue be the first removed the day after the feast. The CRPD cannot accept this, as right to access as stipulated at law cannot be suspended for a week.”

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Following the St Helen’s clergy’s refusal, the CRPD called the Birkirkara police station.

 

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