De-institutionalisation

Jan 31, 2019,

Protests for Independent Living in Florence

At the end of 2018, the Independent Living Association (Associazione Vita Indipendente ONLUS) held three protests for independent living in Florence, Italy. The protests took place on 20 and 30 November, as well as on 18 December in front of the Regional Council of Tuscany (which is something like a regional parliament), and received significant…

Jan 31, 2019,

Swedish PA Users at Risk of Losing Support

This January, a one-man committee submitted a proposal about the Act on Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments to the Swedish government. The proposal entails such severe changes to current rights that – if implemented – big institutions will be built in Sweden again. Above all, there are three suggestions that would jeopardise…

Dec 27, 2018,

Goodbye to 2018 – bring on the New Year!

2018 was a difficult year for ENIL – just before the year began, we learnt that we had lost the European Commission operating grant, which we had for a number of years. So, at the beginning of the year, we had to say goodbye to our Director Zara Todd, who had joined us just a…

Dec 27, 2018,

Government Agrees to Amend Portuguese Law on Independent Living

In the November issue of the Newsletter we wrote about the protest of Eduardo Jorge in front of the Portuguese Assembly on 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Eduardo, who lives in a nursing home, is fighting for his right to choose where and with whom to live. During the protest, he…

Dec 27, 2018,

European Disability and Development Week 2018

With Christmas around the corner, the disability community has gathered in Brussels for the European Disability and Development Week (from 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities until 7 December, Human Rights Day). For ENIL, the week started on the 2nd of December, when some of the ENIL members, staff and Board came…

Dec 19, 2018,

Right to Live and Grow Up in a Family for All Children

Throughout the world, children with disabilities are separated from families due to stigma, discrimination, and economic marginalization. Children with disabilities are more at risk of being placed in institutions than other children, and they are often left out of deinstitutionalization and community programs. Without community-based supports to help families keep their children with disabilities, children…

Nov 30, 2018,

Portuguese Man to Hold Cage Protest in front of Government

This week, ENIL was contacted by Eduardo Jorge, a disabled activist from Portugal, who asked us to share information about his protest in front of the Portuguese Assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December. Eduardo lives in a nursing home and decided to protest in order to…

Nov 08, 2018,

The Purpose and Use of UN Treaty Body General Comments

According to the OHCHR, General comments are a treaty body’s interpretation of the provisions of its respective human rights treaty provisions and thematic issues. As such, the purpose of a General comment is to interpret and clarify substantive provisions, not only with regard to the reporting duties of State parties but also when it comes to…

Oct 31, 2018,

ENIL at the Fundamental Rights Forum

Between the 25th and 27th of September, Nadia Hadad (Board member) and Zara Todd (Senior Advisor) attended the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna. Both Nadia and Zara are members of the EU FRA’s Fundamental Rights Platform Advisory Panel. The Forum bought together over 650 human rights champions from civil society, business,…

Sep 27, 2018,

ENIL’s Position on the Proposed EU Funds Regulations

On 29 and 30 May, the European Commission published its proposals for the European Social Fund+ (ESF+), and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund, for the new programming period 2021 – 2027. The two legislative proposals, as well as the Common Provisions Regulation, will be negotiated with the European Parliament and…

Jul 30, 2018,

New Fact Sheet on Independent Living

In cooperation with Inclusion Europe, we drafted a Fact sheet on Independent Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The new fact sheet covers the questions of whether people with intellectual disabilities can benefit from independent living, personal assistance, and how they can be supported in making decisions and being in control of their life. Download…

Jun 28, 2018,

Sofia Conference: Do No Harm!

On 8th June, ENIL, the Center for Independent Living Sofia and the European Disability Forum organised a conference on “Investing in Independent Living” in Sofia, Bulgaria. We decided to organise the event for several reasons – the fact that Bulgaria is holding the EU Presidency until the end of this month, to coincide with the publication…

Jun 28, 2018,

EU Funds for Our Rights: June Update

ENIL has been busy with the EU Funds for Our Rights’ Campaign, as we mark the middle of the current programming period and more NGOs come forward with concerns about the use of EU Funds in their countries. On 11 June, we attended a Roundtable Discussion on the Deinstitutionalisation of Social Care in Croatia. The…

Jun 28, 2018,

Meet our members: Sumero

This year, Sumero from Bosnia and Herzegovina became an associate member of ENIL. In this article, they share information about their work. Sumero promotes human rights, advocacy and self-advocacy of intellectually disabled people to achieve social inclusion through deinstitutionalization, including the implementation of comprehensive community-based services and housing. This consists of giving disabled people the…

Jun 28, 2018,

Talking Disability Hate Crime at EU High Level Group

On 14th June, ENIL participated in the plenary meeting of the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, organised by DG Justice at the European Commission. ENIL is part of the Facing All the Facts Project, coordinated by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. The aim…

Jun 28, 2018,

ENIL Attends AGE Platform Europe Annual Conference

After co-hosting a seminar on the topics of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing in April and ENIL’s submission to the working group, AGE Platform Europe continued the conversation at their Annual Conference on June 6th.  ENIL was again represented by EVS Volunteer Miriam Graute and Advocacy Officer Frank Sioen to ensure that…

Jun 08, 2018,

Bulgarian and European Disability Organisations Call for Investment into Independent Living, not Segregation

The Centre for Independent Living Sofia (CIL Sofia), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) are organising a conference on investing in Independent Living, to encourage Bulgaria and other Member States to redirect funding from ‘special services’ towards individualised support and mainstream options that facilitate social inclusion and active…

Jun 01, 2018,

EU Funds for Our Rights May Update

ENIL continues its campaign activities and is monitoring issues related to the use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) in several Member States: Hungary, Slovenia, France, Portugal and Romania. This involves working together with national NGOs and with representatives of the European Commission (DG EMPL and DG REGIO). New countries are being added…

Apr 27, 2018,

EU Funds for Our Rights Campaign Zooms in on France

In cooperation with our French members and with the support of MEP Pascal Durand, ENIL helped organise a conference earlier this month to raise awareness about the situation of disabled people and advocate for the right to independent living in France. Last year, France was visited by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of…

Apr 11, 2018,

ENIL Submission on Older People and Independent Living

On 23 – 26 July, the Ninth Working Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) will take place at the UN headquarters in New York. OEWGA was established by the UN General Assembly in 2010, in order to look at the existing international framework on the human rights of older persons and identify…