Lida activist Alexander Avdevich wrote in a social network a post that one of the nightclubs barred entry to two young people one of which is in a wheelchair. Office for the rights of persons with disabilities wrote a letter to the administration of the club “Rich Cat” with a complaint against the reason of the bar, because the Office’s specialists see a direct discrimination in such actions.
According to the legislation (“Law on protection of consumer rights”, the Civil Code of the Republic of Belarus), it is prohibited to prefer some citizens over others. According to part 2 of the article 23 of the Constitution no one shall enjoy benefits and privileges contradicting with the law.
Besides, at the end of the previous year Belarus signed the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and prohibition of discrimination and protection from it are its main principles. “Discrimination on the basis of disability” means any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of disability which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.
The Office asks to record this fact as a violation of rights of a person with disability and also offers its consultative assistance for prevention of such cases in future.