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Vice President of Argentina interested in the rights of persons with disabilities

Published 9/4/2018 12:25 AM
Modified 11/8/2018 3:07 PM

Vice President of Argentina interested in the rights of persons with disabilities

Visiting the Finnish Parliament on 4 September, Vice President and President of the Senate of Argentina Gabriela Michetti seeks to rapidly improve the position of disabled persons in Argentina and listened closely as Speaker of Parliament Paula Risikko and Representatives who attended the meeting outlined Finnish policy on disabled persons. 

Her haste in the matter is based on harsh realism. A wheelchair user herself due to a traffic accident in her youth, Michetti considers it highly unlikely that Argentina will see another person with a disability elected as President or Vice President in the near future.

“We are several years behind in improving the rights of disabled persons. These pressing issues must be driven forward for as long as the opportunity exists,” she said.

In the discussion, Speaker of Parliament Risikko emphasised Finland’s strong democratic traditions of equality and human rights. One milestone on the road towards equality was the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016.

The discussions also touched on the excellent bilateral and inter-parliamentary relations between Finland and Argentina. “A century ago, Argentina was the first nation outside Europe to recognise Finland’s independence, an act that we value greatly,” said Risikko.

Michetti will visit Finland on 2–6 September. The visit is hosted by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.