Disability Watchdog

Aug 03, 2015,

Severe Violations of Rights of Disabled People in Iraqi Kurdistan

Through recent reports from the Institute of Kurds with disabilities in Sweden, the situation for disabled persons within the Iraqi Kurdistan illustrates a grisly and an outright inhumane treatment of these people with their basic human rights being grossly violated.

Jul 28, 2015,

Disabled French Alone – or Sent to Belgium

The French government has already been condemned several times for its unwillingness to take care of disabled persons. Each time, the scenario is the same: the judge recognizes the government´s failure and condemns it to pay indemnity plus interests to the families…

Jun 05, 2015,

Freedom of Movement for All?

Viviane Sorée, Chair of Onafhankelijk Leven, an ENIL member organisation in Belgium, experienced horrible discrimination by an airline company. Sadly enough, this is not a single case. This has to stop! ENIL calls on the European institutions to act and to make freedom of movement and consumer rights a reality for all.

Mar 25, 2015,

Bulgaria: When a House Is Not a Home

My name is Bridget Cooper and between 2011 and 2015, I shared my house in Bulgaria with eight women with a mild learning disability. I lived on the third floor and the municipality rented the fully furnished two lower floors for a symbolic rent, to be used as ‘zashtiteno jilishte’ (protected house).

Nov 28, 2014,

Greece: Children in institutions locked up in cages

On 14 November, BBC published an article on the conditions in the institution in Lechaina, Greece, where more than 60 disabled children are being held in purpose-built cages. At the same time, a supported living service in the same county, funded by the European Union, lies empty due to the lack of staff. ENIL has…

Nov 14, 2014,

Powerchair broken: quadriplegic man stuck at home for more than 3 months

Since June 21th 2014, Zig Blanquer, a 35 year old from Nantes, France, with neuromuscular disease cannot use his power wheelchair any longer, which is a key part for his daily life. This electric wheelchair is an extension of his own body. It is crucial to change positions, release muscular tension and serves in leading…

Mar 20, 2014,

Disabled Bulgarians Denied the Right to Independent Living

Reasons for my trip to Bulgaria I was invited by ENIL to go and speak at a conference in Sofia on deinstitutionalisation and community-based services, representing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). This was one of a number of similar seminars, which the EEG is organising in cooperation…

Mar 06, 2014,

Anthony Kletzander- Abuse of Human Rights: Dublin, Ireland

Anthony has the label of Autism, he does not use the spoken word but he is able to communicate very effectively through typing on his light writer. Anthony’s struggle for independent living highlights important issues for all disabled people, living in Ireland and Europe who have a human right to independent living as per article…

Nov 28, 2013,

A question of equality in Germany?

Should participation benefits for disabled people be means tested or not? This has been discussed in Germany for more than 40 years. Currently disabled persons are only granted benefits for care and participation in society (the terms for personal assistance in Germany) when their complete assets and/or that of their closest relatives  does not exceed…

Sep 30, 2013,

Cuts and harsher conditions for disabled people in Norway?

With inspiration gained from the Strasbourg Freedom Drive Vibeke Maroy Melström, President of the European Network on Independent Living called for a renewal and stronger Independent Living movement and for a louder voice against the cuts to be heard in Europe. In her speech at the Strasbourg Freedom Drive Vibeke said “I come from Norway,…

Aug 30, 2013,

Monitoring the rights of Disabled people in Montenegro

Monitoring the rights of disabled people in Montenegro, focusing on access to personal assistance, progress towards de-institutionalization, access to regular services, the impact of austerity measures and the use of structural funds. Monitoring the rights of disabled people in Montenegro is mainly done by disabled people’s organisations and international organizations and embassies. When it comes…

Aug 14, 2013,

Death by malpractice in an institution in The Netherlands

Last year on March 13th 2012, Roelie a 44 year old women with a cognitive disability, died from the violent behavior of the caretakers in the residential institution in the Netherlands where she stayed voluntarily. The surveillance camera’s registered everything. When the inspection later on investigated the images, they ruled that the caretakers proceeded unprofessionally…

Jul 31, 2013,

Europe condemns Belgium for their lack of support for disabled people

The European Committee of Social Rights in Strasbourg has stated that the Belgian Government doesn’t provide enough support for disabled people. The verdict came after a complaint from a coalition of about 20 different disabled people’s organisations and parents associations, including ‘Onafhankelijk Leven’ (Independent Living Flanders) and ‘Ensemble Vie Autonome’ (CIL Wallonia).   The European…

May 10, 2013,

Disability Watchdog: Personal Assistance Legislation in Latvia

Gatis Caunitis is a young person with disability from Latvia and he is not satisfied with the current Latvian legislation for personal assistance. The legislation came into effect on the first of January 2013. People with disabilities can apply for a personal assistance service, which is funded through the national government and administrated through the…

Apr 25, 2013,

Disability Watchdog- Rights of People with Disabilities in Croatia are violated

ENIL has received an email from a parent of a child with disabilities who has raised concerns about violations of the rights of people with disabilities in Croatia. He along with other parents is calling on people to stop tolerating violations of human rights, for example the right to a decent and dignified life. In…

Feb 15, 2013,

Reforms in Mental Health Law in Mexico

The Mexican government has amended its health law in a way that, for the first time , promises to transform the country’s mental health services to a community-based mental health system. In 2010, Disability Rights International (DRI) released a widely publicized human rights report, Abandoned and Disappeared: Mexico’s Segregation and Abuse of Children and Adults with disability, which…

Feb 12, 2013,

Effects of the Budget Cuts in Britain

Nadia Clarke is 20 years old and is a campaigner for people with disabilities. She has cerebal palsy and is deaf.  She has travelled to many places around the world speaking about the rights of people with disabilities and has also spoken in the House of Commons in Britain. In this short video from ITV she…

Oct 23, 2012,

DPAC: Legal challenge to government plan to close the Independent Living Fund

A judicial review has been launched to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) consultation on closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF).  Six disabled claimants who receive support from the ILF have started judicial review proceedings to challenge the consultation, which closed on 12th October. The ILF is a body of the DWP but…

Oct 10, 2012,

Call for new UK Network to Challenge Attacks on Disability Rights

A successful conference held in London on the 27th September called for a new UK network to challenge the attacks on disability rights in the UK. The conference supported by DPAC, Inclusion London, ALLFIE, Norfolk Coalition of Disabled people and the Joseph Rowntree Trust brought together leading Disabled People’s Organisations and leading disability activists. Key…