In 2017, Hungary will submit a report on the country’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As the first step of the review process, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is asking the Hungarian Government a set of questions regarding the implementation. Self-Advocates of ÉFOÉSZ (the Hungarian Association of Person with Intellectual Disabilities), together with self-advocates who had lived in an institution earlier, but are now living independently, submitted a recommendation for questions to the Committee. They put focus on Article 19 of the CRPD about Living independently and being included in the community, emphasizing that:
- In Hungary, there are many disabled people living in large institutions. In these facilities living independently and being included in the community is impossible. Unfortunately, there are just a few supported living services.
- To have a paid job is essential to live independently. There are not many workplaces in Hungary, where persons with intellectual disabilities could work.
- Disabled people want to make their own decisions to be independent. Although supported decision making is part of our Civil Rights Code, only few disabled people use this opportunity due to lack of information. The court still places people under guardianship instead of advising supported decision making. The Government does not spend enough money on raising awareness on this matter. There are no national campaigns advocating for supported decision making instead of guardianship.
You can find the detailed description of these issues and the related questions in the document submitted to the CRPD Committee here.