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Protesters in Cairo demand employment rights for the disabled

The protesters say their constitutional rights have been neglected

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
Sit-in staged by Egyptians with physical disabilities in 2011 (Photo:Mai Shaheen)
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Dozens of people with physical disabilities held a protest on Wednesday in front of the National Council for Disabled People in Cairo's Sray El-Quba to demand greater access to jobs.

According to Egypt's constitution – currently being amended – at least 5 percent of all public sector workforces must be disabled people.

According to Al-Ahram's Arabic website, protesters vowed to continue demonstrating until their demands are met. The demands include the sacking of the state-run council's members.

People with physical disabilities make up around 12 million of Egypt's 80 million-plus population, according to rights organisations.



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