Disability Watchdog

Oct 10, 2018,

Croatia: End Confinement of People with Disabilities

(Brussels, October 10, 2018) – Croatia’s government should end the confinement of children and adults with disabilities in institutions, five disabled people’s and human rights organizations said today in a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. Despite some initial progress, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living has stalled, the…

Apr 27, 2018,

DI Process Slows Down in Croatia

On 20 April, ENIL sent an Open letter to the Croatian Minister of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy Ms. Neda Murganic, in order to raise our concerns about the current administration’s reluctance to continue the process of transition from institutional care to living in the community. The letter followed our participation in an event…

Nov 30, 2017,

Disability Watchdog: Slovenia Builds New Institutions

ENIL was made aware of a number of negative developments in Slovenia, which raise questions about the country’s compliance with the UN CRPD and the ЕU laws and policies on social inclusion. Our concerns relate to the process of deinstitutionalisation, or more precisely, the continuing investments into long-stay residential institutions for children and disabled people.

Oct 11, 2017,

Disability Watchdog: Estonia’s Care Villages

On 12 – 13 October, the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council is organising a conference “Dignity + Independent Living = DI”, which will be followed by the Council Conclusions on deinstitutionalisation.

May 03, 2017,

Open Letter to Belarus Government Calls for End to Institutionalisation

On 3 May, ENIL, together with the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ORPD) in Belarus, and the Mental Health Perspectives (MHP) in Lithuania, sent an open letter to the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Ms. Irina Anatolyevna Kostevich.

Jan 26, 2017,

Any Chance of Progress?

On 19 December, ENIL’s Policy Officer Ines Bulic took part in a roundtable on deinstitutionalisation in Bratislava, Slovakia. The aim of the roundtable was to discuss strategies on how to accelerate the reforms in the country, which had stalled in the past years.

Sep 29, 2016,

Does Italy Care about Independent Living?

Italy ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol in 2009. This article, written by ENIL’s Board member Marina Voudouri, has taken stock of what has been done in Italy since then.

Sep 29, 2016,

Petitions Committee Investigates Slovakia

ENIL wrote a report for the Petitions Committee (PETI Committee) at the European Parliament on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds in Slovakia.

Jul 14, 2016,

Female Underrepresentation in the New CRPD Committee

On 23rd June, Sisters of Frida – a collective of disabled women in the UK – sent a letter to Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP (UK), UN Enable, UN Women, International Disability Alliance and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Jun 06, 2016,

Rights of UK Disabled Women in Spotlight

Sisters of Frida (SoF), a disabled women’s collective based in the UK, highlighted a number of developments that have negatively impacted on disabled people, in their submission to the UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

May 20, 2016,

Sweden in Violation of CRPD?

The researchers Ciara Brennan, Rannveig Traustadottir, Peter Andeberg and James Rice released this week their article “Are Cutbacks to Personal Assistance Violating Sweden’s Obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?”

Apr 07, 2016,


The EU is important for disabled people with a minimum floor of rights being created in Europe pulling up standards for all. The referendum is quickly approaching, taking place on 23rd June 2016.

Feb 11, 2016,

Gisele Caumont Against Outrageous Statements by Nicolas Sarkozy

ENIL was contacted by Gisele Caumont – one of the proactive members of the Independent Living movement, who is French, but nowadays lives in Sweden1. She shared with us a strong letter, written on the occasion of an interview with Nicolas Sarkozy – French president between 2007 and 2012.