Freedom of Information and accessibility for Persons with Disability
This paper reflects the results of the research conducted in 2012 on freedom of information and accessibility for persons with disabilities. The research was implemented within the framework of the component of enhancing the Center for Disability Rights of United Nations Development Programme, “Access to Justice and Human Rights Protection” - PDO Capacity Building Project.
Under Article 21 of United Nations Convention, 2006, on the rights of persons with disabilities (Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information), states parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion. This includes the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others, and through all forms of communication of their choice.
The aim of the research was to analyse the current situation in Georgia regarding freedom and accessibility of information, identify impediments to the enforcement of Article 21 of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in a target group, and provide relevant recommendations to legislative and executive branches of the government within legal authorities granted to the Public Defender of Georgia.
Here, it should be noted that no research into freedom and accessibility of information for persons with disabilities has been conducted so far in Georgia. The present study is the first attempt at analysing the existing situation in this direction.