“We want action now”: The inclusion movement speaks about the fire in an institution in Czechia – ETR

Last January a fire killed 8 men with intellectual disabilities. They were in an institution in Vejprty. Vejprty is a town in Czechia. 30 other people were injured because of the fire.

“We want action now”: The inclusion movement speaks about the fire in an institution in Czechia

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Last January a fire killed  

8 men with intellectual disabilities. 

They were in an institution in Vejprty. 

Vejprty is a town in Czechia. 

30 other people were injured because of the fire. 


Together with member associations Inclusion Czechia and Rytmus, 

wsaid that we were very sorry  

for the victims and their families. 

We also asked for some things to be done: 

  • Look into what caused the fire. 
  • Find out why people died. 
  • Support the people who survived. 

like the one destroyed by the fire. 


Other organisations and members of our board  

said that they are very sad for what happened. 

The European Disability Forum also said  

that they are very sad 

They said that they are worried  

about segregation

of people with disabilities in institutions.  

Some MEPs also talked about the fire  

at the European Parliament.

They showed their support for the victims.

The reaction of the international inclusion movement

Inclusion International spoke for

the international inclusion movement:

“Like Inclusion Europe,

Inclusion Czechia and Rytmus

we ask to stop more harm from happening.

Don’t build a new institution.

The people who survived

need to live independently.”

Messages of support

came from all over the world:

· Inclusion Ghana said:

“We want to remember the 8 people who died.

We stand with Inclusion Europe,

Inclusion Czechia and Rytmus.

We want action now.”

· Pranay Burde, from India, said:

“What happened is very bad.

It could have been avoided.

My heart goes with the families

of the people who died.”

· Moussa Charaffedine, from Lebanon, said:

“I know that it will be difficult to be well again

for the families

of the people who died.

But I know that they will feel better

because they have the help and support

of their friends and family.

You have my love,

respect and friendship.”

· Inclusion Mauritius said:

“We are sorry for what happened.

We are very said.

No one is listening to what people with disabilities

ask for.

This is bad.

We wish you peace.”

· Inclusión Panamá said:

“We are very sad.

We hope that they will find out

what really happened.

The rights of people with disabilities

must be respected.

We pray for the victims and their families.”

· Down Syndrome South Africa said:

“We are very sorry for the families and friends

of the people who died.

We wish that the people harmed will get better soon.

We also call for the respect of the rights

of people with disabilities.

They have the right to live in the community.”

Inclusion Europe wants to thank everyone

for their support.

We will continue to fight for the rights

of the people who died,

for the people who were harmed

and for their families.

We will also continue to fight

for all the people with intellectual disabilities

who are still living in institutions in Czechia.

We ask the Czech government

to end segregation once and for all.

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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