EDRIC reaction to UK Home Office display of ignorance when dealing with dysmelia
￼News Release - For Immediate Release
European disability organisation "appalled" at treatment of Kazakh artist denied entry to UK
EDRIC - the European network of limb difference organisations - says it's appalled at reports that a Kazakh artist was denied a UK visa because his absence of arms meant he was unable to provide fingerprints.
Karipbek Kuyukov was denied permission to enter the UK last month because he couldn't provide fingerprints. This was due to the fact that - like many born in the nuclear testing region of Kazakhstan - he was born without arms.
EDRIC - the international network of organisations that helps people affected by limb differences - is shocked and appalled by this apparent ignorance and complete lack of regard from the staff of the British Consulate in Istanbul, where Mr Kuyukov applied for his visa to speak at a conference.
Geoff Adams-Spink, Chairman of EDRIC said: "Unfortunately, people with disabilities frequently encounter ignorance and discrimination when travelling. The unfortunate experience of Karipbek Kuyukov underlines the need for awareness training among Home Office and consular officials. EDRIC exists to draw attention to the needs of everyone living with limb difference. We are more than ready to engage in dialogue with the UK Government in order to put right this profound injustice."
EDRIC has 20 member organisations from across Europe under its umbrella with several more planning to join in 2013. It also operates DysNet - the Dysmelia Network - an online community, bringing together people living with
limb difference throughout Europe and beyond.
1.For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact EDRIC's
Media Manager, Caroline George (firstname.lastname@example.org) or +44 7715
2.The EDRIC/DysNet website is at www.dysnet.org. Twitter: @DysNet_org.
3.Dysmelia is the medical term for congenital limb deficiency. It covers a wide
range of rarely occurring conditions
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