Europe in Action

Feb 19, 2012,

Human rights in Stockholm

Last week Morten Kjaerum, director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental rights (FRA), came to Stockholm for two days to meet with ministers, officials and local NGOs working in the field of fundamental rights. ENIL had the chance to meet with Morten twice during his visit. At first there was a meeting arranged in…

Feb 19, 2012,

Human rights violations in the Czech Republic

Letter about human rights violations in the Czech Republic in the so-called “Homes for the Elderly This letter is based on my personal experiences and findings in the so-called “Home for the Elderly” in Hermanuv Mestec, which is under the direction of the Prague Municipality.   People are placed in these “homes” without knowing what…

Feb 19, 2012,

Good news! Bulgaria ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Bulgaria has finally ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. After a long and hard battle for the human rights of many disabled people in Bulgaria, Parliament has taken this serious step and ratified the Convention. This historical moment for persons with disabilities in Bulgaria is the first step in finally recognising…

Feb 09, 2012,

Press release: ENIL and European United Left/Nordic Green Left Hold a Parliamentary Hearing on the Impact of EU’s Austerity Policy on Persons with Disabilities

On 9 February 2012, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left are holding a hearing in the European Parliament entitled ‘Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s austerity policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities’. Some of the leading European…

Feb 08, 2012,

Hearing in the European Parliament

  Thursday 9 February 2012 – European Parliament Brussels  To watch the video of the hearing, please click on the following link http://bambuser.com/v/2354346#t=4100s. See the Press Release here The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) would like to invite you to a hearing in the European Parliament entitled ‘Defend the Right of Independent Living –…

Feb 01, 2012,

6th International Women’s Institute On Leadership And Disability (WILD)

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)  Invites women with disabilities around the world to apply for the  6th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) August 6 – 27, 2012 (Tentative) Eugene, Oregon, USA ABOUT MIUSA: Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world…

Feb 01, 2012,

ENIL and Multiple-Discrimination

ENIL has a focus on multiple-discrimination and has worked on a selection of questions to be presented in a survey in the next months.  We would now like also to start the collection of examples from the network. If you have experienced multiple -discrimination please send an account of the discrimination to jamie.bolling@enil.eu. Please watch…

Feb 01, 2012,

European Commision. Public consultation with a view to a European Accessibility Act

Date: 29/02/2012 Objective of the consultation The Commission is reflecting on the development of a European Accessibility Act containing measures to improve the accessibility of goods and services in the European market. This consultation is part of the preparatory data collection that will underpin the assessment of the impact of the measures. Target group(s) All…

Feb 01, 2012,

Recommended reading. ‘Handicapping Rules: The Overly Restrictive Application of Admissibility Criteria by the European Court of Human Rights to Complaints Concerning Disabled People’

‘Handicapping Rules: The Overly Restrictive Application of Admissibility Criteria by the European Court of Human Rights to Complaints Concerning Disabled People’ By Constantin Cojocariu Abstract This article analyses the way in which admissibility rules related to standing and victim status can in certain circumstances exclude persons with disabilities held in mental health institutionsfrom the protection…

Feb 01, 2012,

Recommended reading. ‘Responsible Reform. A Report on the proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance’

‘Responsible Reform. A Report on the proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance’ This report is a comprehensive presentation of the most relevant evidence available on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the proposals to replace it with a new benefit, Personal Independence Payments (PIP). It gathers together existing information and analyses over 500 group responses to the…

Jan 31, 2012,

Research: LGTB Young disabled persons.

This research aims to find out how disabled young people (aged 16 – 25) see themselves, their identities, and their social networks. These networks may contain a variety of people, organisations and services that are an important part of their lives. There are a few ways in which you may be able to help: 1….

Jan 31, 2012,

Southern European Region of ENIL coordinator, CIL Sofia (Bulgaria)

A Southern European Region of ENIL has been in existence since the beginning of 2012.The Region is coordinated by the Centre for Independent Living in Sofiaand personally overseen by Peter Kichashki. Although CIL Sofia  is well-known in the Region for promoting independent living, Peter is a relatively new face – a young, energetic and remarkably…

Jan 31, 2012,

Report on ENIL Independent Living Start Up Conference in Belgrade, Serbia

Extract from the report: “The conference background The Regional ENIL start up conference on promotion of Independent Living (IL) in Serbia, was organized by Center for Independent Living Serbia (CIL Serbia) organized as a part of the ENIL annual work plan for the East region. The Conference took place in Belgradeon 21st – 23rd December…

Jan 31, 2012,

Role model: Meet Peter Kichaski from Sofia (Bulgary)

I was born in Vidin, Bulgaria in 1989. I graduated from the Natural Sciences and Maths high-school in the town and am now studying Law at New Bulgarian University Sofia. I’m an active fighter for the rights of persons with disabilities in Bulgaria. I’ve represented many cases before the Bulgarian Protection Against Discrimination Commission. These…

Jan 31, 2012,

Implementation of the Article 9 on accessibility of the UNCRPD

Pursuant to the Day of the General Discussion on Article 9 of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held on October 7th, 2010, and the decision taken by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ Working Group for drafting a General Comment on Article 9 of the Convention, at the…

Jan 31, 2012,

Submissions for 2011 annual report on hate crimes

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is now preparing the 2011 annual report on hate crimes. The report provides an overview of data collected on hate crimes as well as of responses to combat hate crimes. It will be launched on International Tolerance Day on 16 November 2012. As in previous years,…

Jan 20, 2012,

ENIL Proposal for a new Resolution of the European Parliament UPDATED! (29th March)

On the occasion of 2011 Freedom Drive, ENIL launched a Proposal for a Resolution of the European Parliament on the effect of cuts in public spending on persons with disabilities in the European Union. This Resolution outlines measures that should be taken by the Member States, the European Council and the European Commission to ensure…