Disability Watchdog

European Court Delivers Judgment in a Landmark Disability Case

European Court Delivers Judgment in a Landmark Disability Case

ENIL welcomes a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in the case Guberina v. Croatia, which found Croatia in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. Read more

Gisele Caumont Against Outrageous Statements by Nicolas Sarkozy

Gisele Caumont Against Outrageous Statements by Nicolas Sarkozy

ENIL was contacted by Gisele Caumont – one of the proactive members of the Independent Living movement, who is French, but nowadays lives in Sweden1. She shared with us a strong letter, written on the occasion of an interview with Nicolas Sarkozy – French president between 2007 and 2012. Read more

The Fight Goes On – ENIL Starts 2016 with an Appeal for the UK

The Fight Goes On – ENIL Starts 2016 with an Appeal for the UK

ENIL starts the year with an appeal to the Independent Living supporters. The article below reveals the highly disturbing situation in the UK with the closure of the Independent Living Fund. Read more

Immoral Choice Imposed by the Swedish Government

Immoral Choice Imposed by the Swedish Government

STIL, the founders of Independent Living in Sweden, yesterday issued a statement claiming that the Swedish government is pitting marginalized groups against each another. Read more

Child Abuse Raises Questions Over Effectiveness of Deinstitutionalisation Programme In Romania

Child Abuse Raises Questions Over Effectiveness of Deinstitutionalisation Programme In Romania

ENIL has on many occasions raised concerns about the process of deinstitutionalisation which consists of moving disabled people from institutions into group homes (also referred to as ‘family-type’ homes). Read more

When Nothing Else Works – CIL Sofia In Action

When Nothing Else Works – CIL Sofia In Action

In most national languages tribunal is a special jurisdiction, usually in postwar situations and outside the regular court system. The 1945 Nurnberg Tribunal marked the start of special courts for crimes against humanity… Read more

Re-Institutionalisation Continues in Bulgaria

Re-Institutionalisation Continues in Bulgaria

Disabled Children in Need of Constant Medical Care will be Raised in Family-type Residential Centres…… Read more

Severe Violations of Rights of Disabled People in Iraqi Kurdistan

Severe Violations of Rights of Disabled People in Iraqi Kurdistan

Through recent reports from the Institute of Kurds with disabilities in Sweden, the situation for disabled persons within the Iraqi Kurdistan illustrates a grisly and an outright inhumane treatment of these people with their basic human rights being grossly violated. Read more

Disabled French Alone – or Sent to Belgium

Disabled French Alone – or Sent to Belgium

The French government has already been condemned several times for its unwillingness to take care of disabled persons. Each time, the scenario is the same: the judge recognizes the government´s failure and condemns it to pay indemnity plus interests to the families… Read more

Freedom of Movement for All?

Freedom of Movement for All?

Viviane Sorée, Chair of Onafhankelijk Leven, an ENIL member organisation in Belgium, experienced horrible discrimination by an airline company. Sadly enough, this is not a single case. This has to stop! ENIL calls on the European institutions to act and to make freedom of movement and consumer rights a reality for all. Read more

Bulgaria: When a House Is Not a Home

Bulgaria: When a House Is Not a Home

My name is Bridget Cooper and between 2011 and 2015, I shared my house in Bulgaria with eight women with a mild learning disability. I lived on the third floor and the municipality rented the fully furnished two lower floors for a symbolic rent, to be used as ‘zashtiteno jilishte’ (protected house). Read more

Greece: Children in institutions locked up in cages

Greece: Children in institutions locked up in cages

On 14 November, BBC published an article on the conditions in the institution in Lechaina, Greece, where more than 60 disabled children are being held in purpose-built cages. At the same time, a supported living … Read more

Powerchair broken: quadriplegic man stuck at home for more than 3 months

Powerchair broken: quadriplegic man stuck at home for more than 3 months

Since June 21th 2014, Zig Blanquer, a 35 year old from Nantes, France, with neuromuscular disease cannot use his power wheelchair any longer, which is a key part for his daily life. This electric wheelchair … Read more

Disabled Bulgarians Denied the Right to Independent Living

Disabled Bulgarians Denied the Right to Independent Living

Reasons for my trip to Bulgaria I was invited by ENIL to go and speak at a conference in Sofia on deinstitutionalisation and community-based services, representing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional … Read more

Anthony Kletzander- Abuse of Human Rights: Dublin, Ireland

Anthony Kletzander- Abuse of Human Rights: Dublin, Ireland

Anthony has the label of Autism, he does not use the spoken word but he is able to communicate very effectively through typing on his light writer. Anthony’s struggle for independent living highlights important issues … Read more

A question of equality in Germany?

A question of equality in Germany?

Should participation benefits for disabled people be means tested or not? This has been discussed in Germany for more than 40 years. Currently disabled persons are only granted benefits for care and participation in society … Read more

Cuts and harsher conditions for disabled people in Norway?

Cuts and harsher conditions for disabled people in Norway?

With inspiration gained from the Strasbourg Freedom Drive Vibeke Maroy Melström, President of the European Network on Independent Living called for a renewal and stronger Independent Living movement and for a louder voice against the … Read more

Monitoring the rights of Disabled people in Montenegro

Monitoring the rights of Disabled people in Montenegro

Monitoring the rights of disabled people in Montenegro, focusing on access to personal assistance, progress towards de-institutionalization, access to regular services, the impact of austerity measures and the use of structural funds. Monitoring the rights … Read more

Death by malpractice in an institution in The Netherlands

Death by malpractice in an institution in The Netherlands

Last year on March 13th 2012, Roelie a 44 year old women with a cognitive disability, died from the violent behavior of the caretakers in the residential institution in the Netherlands where she stayed voluntarily. … Read more

Europe condemns Belgium for their lack of support for disabled people

Europe condemns Belgium for their lack of support for disabled people

The European Committee of Social Rights in Strasbourg has stated that the Belgian Government doesn’t provide enough support for disabled people. The verdict came after a complaint from a coalition of about 20 different disabled … Read more

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