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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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  • Internal Market Committee to discuss rail passengers’ rights on 16 May

    14.05.2018 On Wednesday 16 May MEPs in the Internal Market committee (IMCO) will have a chance to discuss the future of rail passengers’ rights. It will be their turn to debate their amendments to Rapporteur MEP Dennis De Jong's draft opinion . While IMCO is not the lead committee on this regulation, it will be interesting to see how many MEPs have taken on board last week’s strong message from our President Yannis Vardakastanis about the need for ‘Turn up and go’ to be the norm in Europe. See IMCO committee agenda – as usual, the debate will be web-streamed . This debate will be a good opportunity to...
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  • Emergency Call to the Council - Accessible emergency communication for persons with disabilities: a requirement to save lives

    09.05.2018 The Council’s proposal to exclude Public Safety Answering Points (centres answering emergency calls) from the upcoming European Accessibility Act will keep millions of persons with disabilities at risk. The above organisations call on the Council of the EU to accept mandatory and common accessibility requirements for services handling emergency calls. We have the right to call for help! The European Commission published its proposal for the European Accessibility Act (EAA) at the end of 2015. Once adopted, the Act will set accessibility requirements for several products and services,...
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  • No more excuses! Equal access to rail travel is overdue

    08.05.2018 By Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum Want to catch a train in the next hour? All you need to do is buy a ticket, turn up and go. If I wanted to do the same, it wouldn’t be possible. As it stands, EU law doesn’t give me a right to travel by train when I want to. It is time to change the law. Most people take their right to take the train for granted - I don’t. But now that Members of European Parliament are finalising their amendments on the EU rail passengers’ rights regulation, will I get the same rights as other Europeans? One in six people in the EU has a...
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  • Independent Living Day 2018: We want a strong European Accessibility Act and less barriers to vote

    03.05.2018 This year’s theme is Barriers to Independent Living. To celebrate Independent Living Day, our member ENIL (European Network on Independent Living) wants to hear your story. ENIL's campaign focus on two main topics: a strong European Accessibility Act and barriers for political participation. Send photos, videos and written testimony about barriers that you faced to evsvolunteer2@enil.eu. Your experience of barriers to political participation as a voter or candidate is especially appreciated.
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  • "Play for Children with Disabilities" Final Meeting

    27.04.2018 This Action in the framework of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) aims at the creation of a novel and autonomous field of research and intervention on play for children with disabilities. The Ludi Network can look back at 4 years of great and substantial work and opportunities in this field. Ludi concluded its work together with all its members and shared its experiences and mission with parliamentarians, representatives of associations of persons with disabilities and the Representatives of the Toy Companies. This final meeting included a/o a presentation of the...
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