Disabled rights group Kisoa has decried state officials for not upholding the law as a disabled woman is being restricted access to her home after a garage was illegally built, blocking her access.
The group decided to report on the issue in the media after months of inaction from state authorities to resolve the issue, Kisoa said – adding that the woman is suffering from Turner syndrome.
“The woman with serious movement and other disabilities is having rights systematically denied to her, with the understanding of the authorities… the fundamental and inalienable right of a safe, unhindered and independent access to her own home,” the group said, emphasising that it is also a matter of dignity.
Kisoa explained that the authorities were alerted to the issue 18 months ago but nothing has been done, despite protests to the interior ministry, the police, Limassol municipality, the town planning department, and many others.
It was further detailed that the woman has recently sought to return home after an eight-month treatment period, only to find that the sole entrance to her house – through the kitchen – is no longer accessible via wheelchair.