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Catalina Devandas Aguilar. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Include the disabled more in social protection schemes: human rights expert

Well-designed social protection schemes are essential to promoting the independence, inclusion and participation of disabled people, according to a human rights expert.

UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of the disabled, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, is urging countries to make their social protection schemes more inclusive for people with disabilities.

She said most countries have a "medical approach" to disability which views disabled people as incapable of studying, working or living independently.

This, she said, promotes a false sense of well-being and protection because although disabled people receive services and benefits, it is at the cost of their autonomy and independence.

Study looks at health care impact of refugee arrivals in Hungary

Officials from the United Nations and Hungary have been analysing the public health implications of the arrival of large numbers of refugees on the country's healthcare system.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Hungary's Ministry of Health conducted a joint assessment mission this month which included field visits to refugee camps, a children's home and transit zones in two towns.

A report of their key findings and recommendations is forthcoming.

Hungary has seen a surge in refugee and migrant arrivals due to growing instability in Middle Eastern and African countries.

Just over 3,000 applications for asylum were registered in 2008 compared with over 175,000 as of September of this year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Website preserves work of tribunal for former Yugoslavia

The work and achievements of a UN court dealing with war crimes related to the Balkans conflict in the 1990s will be preserved thanks to a new version of its website.

The portal for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) now has a section with multimedia materials and documentaries, as well as a revamped homepage that includes shortcuts to legal research tools.

It is available in English, French, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

The ICTY was established in 1993. Although the majority of its cases have dealt with alleged crimes committed by Serbs and Bosnian Serbs, the court has investigated and brought charges against people from every ethnic background.

The court will conclude its mandate in 2017.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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