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Lord Mayor Compares Disability Discrimination To Racism
February 5, 2004

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND--Belfast's Lord Mayor Martin Morgan, said Wednesday that discrimination toward people with disabilities "can be directly compared to the racist or sectarian attitudes which prevail here and which inflict such injustice and pain on many of our citizens."

Mr. Morgan was speaking during the opening of "Breaking the Barriers", a two-day international conference on disability held as part of the European Year of People with Disabilities, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

"It is critical that we encourage people to rethink their outlooks towards people with disabilities," he explained.

Morgan said he was saddened that people with disabilities were still subjected to gross abuse in terms of employment, accessibility and attitudes.

"In Belfast City Council we seek to improve accessibility to all our buildings and locations and to provide equal ease to all our people. But equal ease is only one component in the bigger picture which we still are a long way from completing."

"By breaking down the barriers of ignorance and prejudice, we will help to create a more just and inclusive society in which all of us will share rights -- not just on paper but in real terms."

Related resource:
European Year of People with Disabilities (EYPD)


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