Continued Concerns about Hungary’s Segregation of the Disabled

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 the process of “deinstitutionalisation”. They include:

  • The ineffectiveness of the National Coordinating Body for Deinstitutionalisation (IFKKOT);
  • Plans to renovate institutions for children, and no deinstitutionalisation strategy targeting children with disabilities;
  • Failure to provide those leaving institutions with opportunities to decide how, where and with whom they would like to live, resulting in simply moving people into other institutions;
  • A call for tender which encourages the establishment of institutions up to 25 persons, aimed at those with “severe” disabilities;
  • Defining “supported housing” as an apartment or a house for 7 – 12 people, with the option of having up 5o people living in the same complex;
  • The current Deinstitutionalisation Strategy, adopted without proper consultation with DPOs, which does not foresee measures to create new or improve current community-based services in the country.

A full list of issues identified by MEOSZ is available here.

With Hungary coming up for its second review by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in March*, ENIL stands behind MEOSZ’s statement and calls on the Hungarian Government and the European Union – which continues to fund Hungary’s institutionalisation of disabled people – to comply with their obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and facilitate disabled people’s right to live independently and to be included in the community.

*Constructive dialogues between the CRPD Committee and Hungary are scheduled for 18th March (3 – 6 pm) and 19th March (10 am – 1 pm). Live webcasting will be available here. The Committee is then expected to adopt Concluding Recommendations for Hungary.

[Photo shows participants in the Freedom Drive march, in October 2019 in Brussels, and was taken by Bendeguz Nagy.]

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