Disability Watchdog

Short Guide through Actions to Implement CRPD at EU Level

Short Guide through Actions to Implement CRPD at EU Level

Last year, EU’s initial report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was reviewed by the CRPD Committee . This article looks at what happened since, and sets out some of the actions taken by different actors to implement the Committee’s recommendations. Read more

ENIL Griefs with Sagamihara’s Community

ENIL Griefs with Sagamihara’s Community

Today, 26th August, Peter Lambreghts (ENIL Senior Officer to whom we said last goodbye yesterday) was going to pay his respect to the victims in Japan, one month after the attack of a man who killed 19 disabled people living in a care centre in Sagamihara – a small town near Tokyo. Read more

Roland Benjamin on Portability of Personal Assistance

Roland Benjamin on Portability of Personal Assistance

In his response to ENIL’s call for EVS applications, Roland Benjamin, a 33-year-old disabled man from the UK, highlighted the important point that most support services are organised on a national level and as a consequence cannot be used when traveling, working or living in other (EU) countries. Read more

EU Funds to Support Institutional Care?

EU Funds to Support Institutional Care?

The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) sent an Open Letter to the Czech Government in order to express concerns about the Calls for Proposals number 29 and 30 on the development of social services, under the Integrated Regional Operational Programme (IROP). Read more

New Rules for Personal Assistance in France

New Rules for Personal Assistance in France

In April 2016 a new collective contract was signed by unions in France, affecting the work of personal assistants for disabled people. Read more

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

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