De-institutionalisation

Jul 31, 2020,

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,

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 23, 2020,

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,

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…

Jul 08, 2020,

Press Release: EU Structural Funds Used to Segregate Disabled People in Austria

Vienna and Brussels, 8 July 2020 – 7.5 million Euros of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) have been used in Upper Austria to build institutions and sheltered employment facilities for disabled people. The investment went ahead despite Austria’s and the European Union’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons…

Jun 30, 2020,

First Steps towards a New Disability Strategy

On 18 June, the European Parliament adopted a progressive Resolution for a new European Disability Strategy post 2020 (further referred to as ‘the Resolution’).  ENIL is pleased to see strong emphasis on Independent Living throughout the document. This is particularly visible in three points: deinstitutionalisation with access to services, personal assistance and freedom of movement….

Jun 30, 2020,

Emergency Deinstitutionalisation: A joint call to act now!

On 11 June, ENIL, Validity Foundation and Disability Rights International organised a webinar “Safety through Inclusion: the Case for Emergency Deinstitutionalisation*”. The webinar was a call to action to ensure that disabled people can leave institutions as a matter of priority, in order to prevent further deaths from COVID-19 and to accelerate access to living…

Jun 30, 2020,

Independent Living Research Network: Miro Griffiths

My experience of disability was shaped, initially, by my personal experience of impairment. Before the introduction to disability politics, my overall perspective was one rooted in the individual model of disability, wrapped in a tragedy narrative. I was ashamed of identifying as a disabled person, professionals and practitioners encouraged me to be passive and dependent,…

Jun 30, 2020,

French People Stand Up to Institutions

It was close to +35 degrees on the 25th of June and there was no shade to take shelter in front of the Palais de Justice law courts of the busy city of Lyon. At noon, as the first protesters unfolded their banners, the barristers, judges, clerks and litigants had just started to leave the…

May 29, 2020,

Independent Living Research Network: Rados Keravica

My pathway to disability research was not a straightforward one but it’s certainly an interesting one. Originally, I had studied international economics at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and obtained a master’s degree there but I’ve never seen myself as the practitioner in the field of finance. What’s more, I didn’t exhibit much interest…

May 29, 2020,

European Independent Living Day 2020: COVID-19 Did Not Stop Us Being Loud and Proud!

On 5th May, every year since 2014, we are celebrating the European Independent Living Day, together with our members and allies. Year by year, we were becoming louder and more visible across Europe (and beyond). We had the same expectations for 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic came and changed everything, not only for us but…

Apr 30, 2020,

Join us on the 5th May!

We are only five days away from the 5th May, when we will be marking the 7th European Independent Living Day. This year’s theme is LIBERTY, which seems even more apt now that everyone’s liberty is restricted in some way due to the pandemic. Despite restrictions on movement, gatherings, protests and the social distancing rules,…

Apr 30, 2020,

Independent Living Research Network: Gabor Petri, PhD

When people ask me how I started to work with disabled people’s organisations, my usual answer is that it was an accidental choice. As a skint university student of Hungarian literature and linguistics in Budapest in 1999, I needed a job so I ended up working as a part-time personal assistant to people with severe…

Apr 29, 2020,

Urgent Appeal Requesting Access to COVID-19 Medical Treatment in Romania

Today, a group of seven organisations of persons with disabilities and other organisations advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities sent an urgent appeal to ensure equal access to COVID-19 medical treatment for residents of Sasca Mică Centre and other institutions for persons with disabilities and older persons in Romania. On 21 April 2020,…

Apr 16, 2020,

The Routard Guide to Psychiatric Institutions…

On 5th May, disabled people, friends and allies across Europe will be marking the 7th European Independent Living Day. This year’s theme, proposed by the European Network on Independent Living, is LIBERTY. One of the things we asked you, is to share with us personal stories of people deprived of liberty on account of being…

Mar 31, 2020,

Open letter to President of France M. Emmanuel Macron

On 20 March, ENIL and CHA – Coordination Handicap et Autonomie (CHA) sent an Open Letter to the President of French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. In this letter, we express our concerns over the plan to create 1,000 more places in residential institutions for disabled people in France. This plan was announced by President Macron during…

Mar 31, 2020,

EU Social Policy Agenda in 2020 and Beyond

On 29 January 2020, the European Commission published its 2020 workplan. ENIL has analysed it and decided to highlight some of the most promising initiatives in the area of social policy. Please read on for an overview of what to expect from the EU’s social front this and next year. Green Pillar? Remember the European…

Mar 04, 2020,

Continued Concerns about Hungary’s Segregation of the Disabled

The European Network on Independent Living is deeply concerned about the continued institutionalisation of disabled people in Hungary, and the Government’s plans to build new institutions. MEOSZ – the National Federation of Associations of Persons with Physical Disabilities, a member of ENIL, set out a list of current problems in the country, with regard to…

Feb 27, 2020,

Petition on Bulgaria’s Segregation of Disabled People Gets Heard in the Parliament

On 20th February, our Petition in relation the use of Structural Funds in Bulgaria was discussed by the Petitions (PETI) Committee in the European Parliament. The petition was submitted in 2018 by our member, the Centre for Independent Living (CIL) Sofia in Bulgaria, and has been supported by ENIL, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the…