Corner Press release

Press invitation: Banks discriminate against the blind and visually impaired persons 02 December 2013

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is pleased to invite you to the press-conference that will take place on December 3rd 2013 (Tuesday) from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the EU Info Center in Skopje

 The reason for the press-conference is to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to inform the public about the discriminatory conduct by the banks towards the blind and the visually impaired persons. The unequal treatment refers to the use of banking services and products for which the signature of the user is obligatory and the banks do not accept the signature of blind persons, they do not allow the use of a facsimile and insist that they authorize a third person to sign on their behalf and on their account. Blind people face problems during the use of online banking due to the banks’ internal regulations (use of tokens, codes and similar safety tools that the blind people are unable to use). Additionally, the banks do not provide the use of assistive technology such as a Talking ATM, Braille printers, software solutions for access to electronic services, etc.

During the press-conference the public will be introduced to the actions taken by the Helsinki Committee within the frames of the Network for Protection against Discrimination and the National Association of the Blind in order to avoid this problem.


15:00 – 15:10 UranijaPirovska, Executive director, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights

15:10 – 15:15 SterjaDimov, Secretary General, National Association for the Blind

15:15 - 15:20 AleksandarKambov, Member of Parliament, Association of Blind Persons Skopje

15:20 – 15:30 Questions by journalists and guests

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