May 18: Webinar: Human Rights violations of persons with disabilities during COVID-19

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 15:00
1 hour and a half / 90 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it by governments created situations of severe infringement of the rights of persons with disabilities: inaccessible information, isolation, abuse and neglect in residential institutions, measures that impeded community-based support and an increase of violence, in particular against women with disabilities, harassment of persons with disabilities, among others.

  • How can policymakers, human rights institutions and organisations of persons with disabilities act to identify, stop these violations and provide redress?
  • How can we proceed in the upcoming months to ensure that the human rights of persons with disabilities are upheld in this time of crisis?

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The webinar will aim to:

  • Outline the human rights abuses faced by persons with disabilities during the pandemic
  • Provide examples of how human rights institutions, policymakers and organisations of persons with disabilities can work together to prevent and identify violations and provide redress


  • Catherine Naughton, EDF Director


  • Opening: Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President
  • Update on human rights of persons with disabilities in Europe, Klaus Lachwitz, Chair of Human Rights Committee, European Disability Forum
  • Guidance from the United Nations, Victoria Lee, Human Rights and Disability Team, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • The work of the EU in defending the rights of persons with disabilities: Emmanuelle Grange, Head of Disability Unit, European Commission (tbc); Gabriel Toggenburg, Policy Coordinator, EU Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA); Katrin Langesiepen MEP, Chair of the CRPD Network of the European Parliament
  • The work of human rights institutions and equality bodies: Caroline Fennell, Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institution; Rhoda Garland, member of Equinet executive board and executive director of the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability of Malta
  • Questions and answers and open floor
  • Closing: Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

The webinar will provide real-time captioning and international sign. The webinar will be recorded and shared later for those who cannot join.