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Freedom Drive Postponed until 2022

On 7 September, the Board of the European Network on Independent Living decided unanimously to postpone the next Freedom Drive until September 2022. This decision has not been made lightly, as it is a key event in the calendar of Europe’s Independent Living movement, but it had to be made due to the ongoing COVID-19…

Sep 30, 2020, Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education and Erasmus+ Opportunities

This month, on the14th and 15th of September, ENIL participated in two webinars on inclusive education. The first one was hosted by COFACE Families Europe, entitled “Back-to-school: Triggering a meaningful shift towards inclusive education”. The S.H.I.F.T. guide, focusing on different areas (Support, Human Rights, Independence, Families, and society Transition), was used as the starting point…

Sep 23, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Investments in Institutions Illegal under International and EU Law

Brussels, 23 September 2020 — On 21st September, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and MEP Katrin Langensiepen hosted an online event to address the key question of why the European Union continues to fund institutions for disabled people. Disabled people, activists, legal experts, representatives of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with…

Sep 02, 2020, Independent Living

ENIL Supports Call to Respect Human Rights in Belarus

Since the elections on 9 August 2020, people in Belarus have been peacefully protesting, in demand of new, fair and free elections.  The ENIL member in Belarus — the Office for the Rights of People with Disability (ORPD) — shared an Open Letter with us on the current situation in the country. The letter was initiated…

Aug 31, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Independent Living Research Network: Eglė Šumskienė

My academic carrier at Vilnius University started and evolved in parallel with my work for the civil society organisation (CSO) Mental Health Perspectives. In autumn 2002, I started my Ph.D. studies and in March 2003, I started working as a project manager at Mental Health Perspectives (formerly known as the Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry and…

Aug 31, 2020, Independent Living

Are All Athletes Equal?

One month ago, I wrote ENIL’s submission for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, regarding the implementation of article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on access to sports and leisure. My whole heart went into this assignment, because I am an athlete. It also…

Aug 31, 2020, Inclusive Education

How Inclusive is PISA?

In 1997, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) initiated the Programme for International Student Assessment, known as PISA. PISA is an international OECD’s study-test that was first applied in 2000 and has been carried out every three years since. So far, more than 80 countries and economies volunteered to participate in it. PISA…

Aug 31, 2020, Independent Living

Take My Money… And My Pride!

This article was written by our member from Greece, Maria, to raise awareness about the discriminatory treatment against disabled people by companies producing household appliances. In the article, she describes her experiences with purchasing a dehumidifier. Have you ever come across the following statement (or a similar one)? “This appliance is not intended for use…

Aug 12, 2020, Europe in Action

Young People’s Messages on the International Youth Day 2020

Over the last few years ENIL Youth, as young disability rights activists, have followed the announcements that different groups have made on International Youth Day. We have noticed that those messages reflect current policies and official goals of different institutions. These goals are justifiable, but not easy to achieve. There is always a gap between…

Aug 10, 2020, De-institutionalisation

ENIL and Validity challenge Polish misuse of EU funding which contributes to segregation of persons with disabilities

Brussels, 10 August 2020 – Poland has invested over 7 million EUR of European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) on institutional settings for persons with disabilities, in violation of international human rights law. The case represents a further example of significant levels of EU funds being used to segregate persons with disabilities and violating their…

Aug 04, 2020, Disability Watchdog

COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) calls for an end to police violence and abuse against persons with disabilities and their family members

The COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Coordinating Group express their alarm about increasing police violence against persons with disabilities in the context of the pandemic, and are calling on governments around the world to take urgent steps to prevent acts of brutality.  Early in the COVID-19 global pandemic, the global community and persons with disabilities highlighted…

Jul 31, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Serbia: Release Covid-19 Data for Institutions

Brussels, July 31, 2020 – Serbia’s government should collect and make public the data on Covid-19 infections and deaths inside institutions for people with disabilities, six organizations for people with disabilities and human rights groups said today in a letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabić. Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on people in institutions is…

Jul 30, 2020, De-institutionalisation

CLE Autistes on the Situation of Disabled People in Institutions in France During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CLE Autistes is a major autistic-led group of French autistic people. They advocate for neurodiversity, acceptance, disability rights and independent living for autistic people. CLE Autistes notes that the French Disability Model is based on institutions for disabled people. From schooling to employment, disabled people are therefore rarely directed towards quality community services, that would…

Jul 30, 2020, News

Independent Living Research Network: Ciara Brennan

My name is Ciara Brennan. I am from Dublin, Ireland. For more than a decade, I have worked as a disability researcher in Ireland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Currently, I am a research and advocacy consultant for the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM). DRM is collecting data from around the world in order to measure…

Jul 30, 2020, Funding

EC Proposes New Digital Education Action Plan

On 8th of July 2020, the European Commission held an online Strategic Dialogue meeting to discuss a “Digital Education Action Plan”. On behalf of the Commission, Georgi Dimitrov, Deputy Head of Unit Innovation and EIT, and Deirdre Hodson, Member of the Digital Education team highlighted the main challenges for a European Digital Education plan, and…

Jul 23, 2020, De-institutionalisation

UN Special Rapporteurs on Disability and Housing Express Concern Over Systematic Misuse of EU Funds to Promote Disability-Based Institutionalisation Across Europe

Brussels and Budapest, 23 July 2020 – Two senior United Nations (UN) experts have expressed concern about numerous instances of EU funding being used to finance the maintenance and expansion of institutions for persons with disabilities across the continent, in violation of international human rights law. UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with…

Jul 23, 2020, De-institutionalisation

COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM)  calls for an emergency response to the catastrophic abuse of the human  rights of persons with disabilities in institutions 

On 20 April 2020, the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) launched an international survey to monitor state measures concerning persons with disabilities  amid  the  pandemic. The initial  analysis of the ongoing global survey has revealed grave and systemic violations of fundamental freedoms and human rights of persons with disabilities detained in large- and small-scale institutions, which have…