The Czechia Fire Tragedy

It was with great sadness that we learned 8 people with intellectual disabilities have been killed in a fire at a care home in Vejprty, Czechia. 

Jyrki Pinomaa, President of Inclusion Europe and our Regional Representative for Europe, explained: “These senseless deaths, the suffering of those who were injured and the pain of the resident’s family members and friends could have been avoided. It would have been avoided if there had been no institution.”

We stand with Inclusion Europe, Inclusion Czechia and Rytmus in their call for the Czech authorities to act. Please help them to stop the institution being rebuilt and to demand that it is replaced with independent housing and community-based support by sharing their joint statement.

We are collecting messages of condolences and solidarity to share with these organisations at this difficult time.

Our thoughts are with the families affected and the survivors of the trauma.

Read their joint statement Send a message of condolence