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UN Gives Annual Disabled Rights Award to Poland

The United Nations has given its annual Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award to Poland, recognizing the country's efforts to integrate the disabled into Polish society.

President Lech Kaczynski accepted the award at a ceremony Monday at U.N. headquarters in New York. He said his country's struggle for freedom includes a commitment to the rights of those with disabilities. He said their rights are guaranteed by the Polish constitution.

Mr. Kaczynski promised that Poland will adopt a new U.N. convention to protect the disabled.

The award is named for U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, whose legs were paralyzed from polio. Mr. Roosevelt was president from 1933 until 1945.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.