Disability Watchdog

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.

Sep 03, 2015,

When Nothing Else Works – CIL Sofia In Action

In most national languages tribunal is a special jurisdiction, usually in postwar situations and outside the regular court system. The 1945 Nurnberg Tribunal marked the start of special courts for crimes against humanity…

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…