After two years of extensive research, the European Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for children with intellectual disabilities was officially launched at a European conference in Brussels.
The report revealed that children with intellectual disabilities face a significantly higher risk of discrimination, exclusion and neglect than non-disabled children. In fact, the researchers reported very little evidence or information on children with intellectual disabilities. This makes a real implementation of the Convention and its monitoring for this “invisible” group of children nearly impossible.
The European Report together with individual national reports covering 22 EU member states will serve as lobbying tool for NGOs working to enforce protection of children with intellectual disabilities in their countries. At European level, Inclusion Europe and Eurochild already call on the European Union to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as the first step. After the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the CRC would thus become a second international human rights treaty ratified by the EU.
The Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jan Jarab, welcomed and supported this initiative and so did the representatives of the Council of Europe, UNICEF and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency present at the launching conference.
The European Report is now available only in English but will soon be translated in 21 EU languages. The national reports can already be downloaded from the project website www.childrights4all.eu in both original version and English.