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Hunger Strikers Win Aid For Disabled

Three visually impaired men ended their five-day hunger strike in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, this week after being assured that their grievances would be heard by appropriate officials.

The hunger strikers began their protest following a change in laws for the disabled, which reduced the amount of assistance they were receiving.

A July 1, 2006, revision of laws for the disabled changed the criteria for those qualifying for aid. While previously workers who had been 50 percent disabled received aid, this number was changed to 70 percent disabled.

Additionally, the new law only provided aid to those who could prove they were without work, without money and homeless.

Government officials have promised to eliminate the new disability law and return to the former compensation plan for disabled workers.

Reprinted from Mongolia Web News, May 9, 2007: {}

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