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  • A Europe for all its people - we gathered in Lithuania to demand a decent standard of living for all persons with disabilities in Europe.

    27.05.2018 The European Disability Movement gathers in Lithuania to demand a decent standard of living for all persons with disabilities in Europe. European disability movement demands that “nothing about us without us” becomes reality. The General Assembly of the European Disability Forum took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 26th and 27th, co-organised and co-hosted by EDF and the Lithuanian Disability Forum. The Assembly brought together over 150 delegates from across Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania, this weekend. The conclusion was clear: European and national authorities need to do more to...
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  • Þuríður Harpa Sigurðardóttir elected new board member of the European Disability Forum

    26.05.2018 Þuríður Harpa Sigurðardóttir is the chairman of the Organisation of Disabled in Iceland, (ÖBÍ Öryrkjabandalag Íslands). ÖBÍ is a National umbrella organisation of disabled people with different kinds of disabilities. ÖBÍ has 41 member organisations. She has worked directly and indirectly on issues related to disability and persons with disabilities for over 10 years. She serves as president of a local divison of the National Federation of Physically Disabled People (Sjálfsbjörg) in Skagafjordur district since 2011, and she is a current vice-Chairman of the National organisation. From 2013...
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  • Our General Assembly will be livestreamed

    25.05.2018 Watch the livestream for our General Assembly on Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 March 2018: Saturday - Follow the link here Sunday - Follow the link here
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  • Joint statement on EU Funds for equality between men and women, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination

    24.05.2018 Representing a coalition of European NGOs, we call upon the Council of the European Union, the Commission and the European Parliament to uphold equality between women and men, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination in the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027, as well as in the Funds specific regulations. We regret that the equality principle has been deleted from the European Commission draft proposal of the CPR and that references to accessibility for persons with disabilities have not been included in the draft European Social Fund+ regulation...
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  • Open letter regarding the protest underway by persons with disabilities in the Polish Parliament during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

    24.05.2018 Dear President Paolo Alli, Dear NATO Parliamentary Assembly Members, Unfortunately, during your stay in the visit in the Polish Parliament tomorrow, the government will fence off an area where around 10 persons with disabilities and their families are protesting. It is not fenced of for your protection, but to prevent you from witnessing the sub-human conditions that the Polish authorities are subjecting the protesters and our community to. Details of the Polish Parliament mistreatment include: Not allowing carers to be with the protestors; Protestors sleep on mattresses arranged on the...
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  • European Disability Forum demands that Polish Parliament and authorities to stop inhumane treatment of protesters

    24.05.2018 The Polish Parliament is subjecting protesters with disabilities to sub-human conditions. This is an affront to human rights and to the basic dignity every human is entitled to. The European Disability Forum demands the Polish Parliament to stop immediately. Details of the Polish Parliament mistreatment include: Not allowing carers to be with the protestors; Protestors sleep on mattresses arranged on the marble floor of one of the corridors, with the lights on; Meals are consumed at the place where they sleep; Protestors cannot open windows; Protestors are suspended from going outside of...
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  • Disability organisations not attending Council of Europe Bioethics Committeee meeting.

    24.05.2018 Today the Council of Europe committee on Bioethics discusses the Additional Protocol to Oviedo Convention. This protocol goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We, Organisations of persons with disabilities, will not be there. Why? Because our contributions have been systematically ignored by the Committee, and because the only solution is to withdraw the Protocol now!
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  • Our Open Letter regarding the protest currently underway by persons with disabilities in the Polish Parliament

    23.05.2018 To: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, First-Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Fundamental Rights Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Paolo Alli, President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime-Minister of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Poland Stanisław...
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  • Organisations representing persons with disabilities lodge complaint against France

    15.05.2018 Persons institutionalised in another country far from their family and community. Families waiting for more than 15 years for appropriate housing. Lack of access to health care. These breaches of international and European conventions are denounced in a collective complaint against France lodged to the Council of Europe by the European Disability Forum and Inclusion Europe, with support of 5 French advocacy organisations (APF France Handicap, CLAPEAHA, FNATH, Unafam, Unapei). The complaint against France was made by the two European associations in an effort to uphold the human rights of...
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  • Disability organisations urge Council of Europe to withdraw Addition Protocol of Oviedo Convention

    14.05.2018 The European Disability Forum, together with its members European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Autism Europe, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe, and with the International Disability Alliance sent a letter today to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in which we convey our deepest concerns and opposition to the adoption of the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention . Any authorization of involuntary treatment and institutionalisation of persons with disabilities constitutes a violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
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