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New law requires wheelchair accessibility in North Korea, state media report

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North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be accessible for people in wheelchairs, according to state media report.

North Korea said the law would improve facilities for persons with disabilities, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday.

“Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said.

The report added, “A barrier-free environment is an environment in which people with disabilities can move around freely.”

Pyongyang faces criticism from the international community for lack of initiative on other fronts beyond its nuclear weapons program.

KCNA said the regime’s federation for the protection of persons with disabilities has been carrying out “training” regarding rights as outlined in the United Nations United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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