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  • UN promises to leave no one behind

    25.09.2015 Today the UN General Assembly adopts the new International Development Framework known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. EDF has been campaigning for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in International Cooperation for some years, through our work in the International Disability Alliance (IDA), and in our EU advocacy and together with the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). The Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 11 explicit references to persons with disabilities under sections on human rights, vulnerable groups, education, employment,...
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  • Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the Digital Single Market

    15.09.2015 On 15 September, the Disability Intergroup met to discuss the new Strategy for the EU Digital Single Market. The meeting was chaired by intergroup Vice-President Olga Sehnalova, who is member of the IMCO Committee. Key MEPs active on this topic were present: MEPs Gebhardt and Kallas (EP co-rapporteurs on the DSM) as well as MEP Vicky Ford, Chair of the EP internal market Committee (among others). In all areas of society, there is an increasing penetration of Information and Communication Technologies, which can make a difference for persons with disabilities and older people. The potential...
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  • #WeApologise for our leaders' inaction: open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty

    08.09.2015 As Europeans, #WeApologise on behalf of our national and European leaders for their inexcusable lack of coordinated humanitarian aid to the situation you and thousands of others are in while crossing our borders to escape war, persecution and poverty. We understand that making this journey was not an easy decision for you and may have involved putting the lives of your loved ones at risk, or worse. We will continue to urge our decision-makers to provide safe and regular channels to the EU, so that your wellbeing does not rest in the hands of people smugglers. Civil society organisations and...
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  • United Nations Human Rights Recommendations to the EU

    07.09.2015 For the 1st time in history, the EU was examined by a UN human rights treaty body and received recommendations to strengthen their approach to the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe On 27 and 28 of August, the European Union was examined for the first time by a UN human rights committee in Geneva- the expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. Having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010, the EU was called to present the work it has done on the implementation of the Convention since then. This is the first international...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to respond in a humane way to the migration crisis

    02.09.2015 Having seen the inhumane way in which refugees and migrants seeking safety in Europe are being treated, EDF wrote an open letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker , the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship , Dimitris Avramopoulos. In this letter, EDF calls on the EU institutions to establish a comprehensive and human rights-based migration policy. Read the open letter below: The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on the EU to...
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  • UN examined how EU supports the rights of persons with disabilities

    31.08.2015 Last week, EDF and its members were in Geneva and took part in the examination of the EU by the UN Expert Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UN Committee held a Constructive Dialogue with the EU delegation on the EU’s work on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the first international human rights treaty ever ratified by the EU. On Thursday, 3 September the UN Committee will adopt its recommendations for the EU and set the EU agenda for the next years for the human rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. EDF was...
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  • EU has its first examination at a United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body

    20.08.2015 Next week, EDF and its members will be in Geneva to take part in the examination of the EU by the UN expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. This is the first time the EU has ever committed to an international human rights convention. The EU will receive recommendations which will influence its handling of the human rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. The constructive dialogue between the UN Committee and the EU takes place on 27-28 August in Geneva and it will be live streamed on www.treatybodywebcast.org. Our delegation in Geneva will include EDF...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law – The time is now!

    31.07.2015 As part of the “Equality for All” coalition, EDF together with other member NGOs of the coalition co-signed a statement calling the German Government to stop blocking the negotiations on the equal treatment directive. Download the statement in PDF or read it below: Protection against discrimination is a fundamental right that is derived from the principle of equality under both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as German Basic Law. In the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty, Germany and the other member states have committed themselves and the European Union as a whole to the principle of...
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  • On the way to the final dialogue between the EU & the UN CRPD Committee

    29.07.2015 The disability movement gives its own perspective to the list of issues The EU has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and its work to implement the Convention is now reviewed by the UN Committee in Geneva. The UN Committee examined the report that the EU submitted explaining the actions it has taken to apply the principles of the Convention and on 2 April 2015, it adopted a List of Issues for the EU to answer. The EU has now published its answers to the List of Issues on 22 June. They are available on the UN’s website. EDF has also prepared its...
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  • European Parliament adopts Declaration on Accessible Tourism

    27.07.2015 EDF welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism, which was launched last April by several MEPs, including Members of the Disability Intergroup. The declaration has been signed by more than 380 MEPs, showing Parliament’s strong commitment to persons with disabilities in Europe, to their right to mobility and equal access to tourism, leisure, transports and information. The declaration will now be sent to the European Commission. MEPs urge the Commission to raise awareness among stakeholders and economic operators on the need for...
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