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  • People with disabilities in Belarus must have their human rights respected

    01.09.2020 The European Disability Forum calls on all EU institutions and international organisations to act swiftly to ensure the safety and security of persons with disabilities and their families in Belarus. Since August 2020 the Belarusian people have protested peacefully against a falsified election and they must be supported in their efforts. Belarusian authorities have responded with a well-documented escalation of state violence, which goes against the respect for human rights as laid out in the Belarussian Constitution and in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to...
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  • Interview with ENIL volunteer Nina Portolan

    20.08.2020 My name is Nina Portolan, I am 23 years old and I am from Serbia I am a university student and a para-athlete in karate. I am doing karate for persons with disabilities, I am part of the national Para karate team. My three main things in my life right now are my friendships, my sport and the activism I started two years ago. Why did you want to volunteer and how did you hear about the European Solidarity Corps? I always wanted to volunteer and had the wish to travel abroad and leave for a while abroad just to have the experience of a different culture and different people in my life. And if...
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  • International Youth Day: Messages from the members of the European Disability Forum Youth Committee

    12.08.2020 Happy International Youth Day! In a few days we will be publishing an edition of our newsletter the Disability Voice dedicated to the Youth Committee. In the meantime, here are some messages from our Youth Committee members and some of their tips to uplift your mood during these times. If you want to know more about them you can click their names to read their bios. Kamil Goungor from Greece, Chair of the Youth Committee If you ever need someone to speak or to ask questions about young disabled people and our rights, don't hesitate to reach out to us (both the EDF Youth Committee and the...
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  • The EU must protect the rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities

    11.08.2020 The New Pact on Migration and Asylum aims to create a comprehensive, sustainable and crisis-proof framework for managing asylum and migration in the EU. It will cover the whole migration route – from origin and transit countries to the receiving countries in the EU. This initiative must guarantee the rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities. Refugees and migrants with disabilities in Europe Refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities face the same risks as other refugees, however compounded by many other issues: finding themselves at heightened risk of violence, including sexual...
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  • The EU must protect the rights of children with disabilities

    28.07.2020 The EU strategy on children rights for 2021-2024 will provide the framework for EU action to better promote and protect children’s rights, contain a set of measures for the EU to implement and include recommendations for action by other EU institutions, EU countries and stakeholders. They will address among others: The rights of the most vulnerable children Children’s rights in the digital age The prevention of and fight against violence The promotion of child-friendly justice Children with disabilities in Europe There are around 68 million children below the age of 15 in the EU (Eurostat,...
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  • High Level Political Forum 2020: Decade of Action - Disability Rights and SDGs in the Context of Covid-19

    The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development was held between 7-16 July 2020, and took place online because of COVID-19. Diana, Gordon and Marion at EDF followed the event closely, focusing in particular on the Voluntary National Reviews of Bangladesh and Kenya due to our involvement in the Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) project. We also listened to the different side-events on disability and organised our own side-event, in collaboration with i2i. The official theme of the HLPF was "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and...
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  • Ensuring the rights of victims with disabilities

    07.07.2020 The European Commission published a EU Strategy for victims’ rights for the next five years (2020-2025) in June. EU laws on victims’ rights adopted in the past were not well respected by EU countries. It is still very difficult for victims of crime all over Europe to claim their rights due to lack of information, support and protection. This is why the EU adopted a specific strategy. The Strategy sets keys actions for the EU, EU countries and other actors (other EU bodies, victim support organisations and civil society organisations). Why is it important for persons with disabilities? Any...
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  • Disability Rights in the EU after 2020: our demands

    01.07.2020 Our “EU Disability Rights Agenda” campaign shares our demands for the next 10 years. We are launching this campaign because the European Commission is preparing the next EU Disability Strategy. This Strategy is a plan that will list all actions they propose for the next 10 years. It is being prepared now and should be revealed in the next months. We demand 5 objectives for the strategy: End segregation ( including residential institutions) and ensure adequate standard of living:. Persons with disabilities should be free to live, work, travel, study and participate in public life in any EU...
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  • European Parliament must investigate situation in residential institutions

    01.07.2020 Content warning: death, abuse We are asking the European Parliament to investigate the impact of the pandemic in residential institutions. It should investigate why many people got sick and died in residential institutions and how countries failed to protect them. We and 2 organisations (European Public Services Union and AGE Platform) made this demand in a letter today. We ask the European Parliament to conduct official European inquiry. The inquiry must discover what happened and set rules, so it doesn’t happen again. Read the full statement calling for the inquiry Update 7 July 2020 After...
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  • A new call for action to rebuild a future inclusive to all

    25.06.2020 Today, the European Disability Forum (EDF) was invited to participate in the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network High-level Panel roundtable on COVID-19 and disability. The online event had an impressive line-up of key players in the field of inclusive international cooperation. At the European level, it included Finland, Ireland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. H.E. Ms. Amina Mohamed, UN Deputy Secretary-General opened the event and gave a powerful message: “We must build a society that is just, inclusive, accessible and resilient for everyone. When we secure the rights of...
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