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Date: 14 June 2022

Time: 21:00 – 22:15 CEST (Geneva time)

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This is a side event to the 15th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is organised by ENIL, in cooperation with Disability Rights Defenders. Captioning and international sign language will be provided.


According to the information available to ENIL, due to the lack of accessible housing, refugees from Ukraine are being placed in institutions across Europe. Furthermore, Disability Rights International has exposed the practice of children being dumped and abandoned in Ukraine’s institutions. With Ukraine and European Union countries calling for more investment in institutions, the question arises – how can we prevent this?

This side event will be organised by the ENIL, in cooperation with Disability Rights Defenders and organisations advocating for deinstitutionalisation. It will address the issue of increasing segregation of persons with disabilities in institutions as a result of the war in Ukraine, despite lessons learned during COVID. It will focus on the role of the funders in the humanitarian response and the post-war recovery, urging for full compliance with the UN CRPD and ensuring that no funding goes towards institutionalisation of persons with disabilities.

To download the agenda for the side event, please click here.