10th of December; Human Rights Day

ENIL calls the Independent Living movement and all of society to step forward on December 10, 2010 – Human Rights Day.


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Step forward this day to spread the theme promoted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) by acclaiming human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.

We activists within the Independent Living movement are human rights defenders acting against discrimination of disabled people. We speak out against abuse and violations including exclusion, oppression and violence of disabled people.  We advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations.


·Violations of disabled people’s human rights are many

·People are locked up in institutions excluded from society.

·People are locked in homes excluded from society.

·People are locked out of society through inaccessible buildings, information, schools and employment markets.

·Mechanisms of categorization (seeing people’s worth in hierarchy), shame and guilt have people not seeing us as equals.

·Expectations are lower for disabled people than for the general society.

We, members of the Independent Living Movement are active in every part of the world, in local communities, in national politics and internationally. This Human Rights Day 2010 will highlight and promote the achievements of human rights defenders. We from the Independent Living movement emphasize the primary role Governments must play to fulfill the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

·Close institutions now

·Provide mainstream user controlled community living programs

·Adopt direct payments for personal assistance schemes

·Stop involuntary treatment of users and survivors of psychiatry

·Build accessible environments

·Open the schools

·Open the job market

Ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities NOW!


Jamie Bolling

Executive Director

ENIL – European Network on Independent Living



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