Tribute to Bengt Lindqvist,the Human Rights defender of disabled people
1936 - 2016
It is with great sadness we learn that Bengt Lindqvist passed awayon December 3, 2016
After having spend his life to defend Human Rights of people with disabilities, after being one of the DPI founders on 1981 andUN Special Rapporteur from1994 to 2003 to encourage and tomonitor the implementation theStandard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, he was a cofounder ofDisability Rights Promotion International (DRPI).His last act of engagement was to leave the scene on the International Day of people with disabilities.
He had a singular influence on disability of the 20thand well into the 21stcentury. His contribution is profound, not because he was blind but because he understood social justice; he put it into practice in all the many different roles he had.
Magnificent man and important leader, he worked to promote disabled people Human Rights in the world and his death is a major loss for thedisabilitymovement throughout the world.He
has ensured that disabled people are recognized to enjoy Human Rights throughout the World.
We convey our condolences to the members of his family.
Bengt, we love you and will never forgot you, your name and memory areetched in our hearts forever, December 3 is our common day.
April 21, 1999, Paris, France
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