Special Advisor Heumann Travel to Finland

Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judy Heumann will travel to Finland, October 29�November 3, to deliver remarks at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) expert seminar Our right to participate � promoting the participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life.

The seminar is organized in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish Human Rights Center. It will mark the launch of an OSCE-wide initiative addressing participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life. The aim of the seminar is to gather a broad and diverse range of experts to discuss the challenges and good practices related to participation in political and public life of persons with disabilities, and to provide recommendations for OSCE's activities on this topic going forward. The Special Advisor will also meet with Finnish government officials and civil society to discuss promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Source: U.S. State Department