Disability Watchdog

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

Disability Watchdog: Personal Assistance Legislation in Latvia

Disability Watchdog: Personal Assistance Legislation in Latvia

Gatis Caunitis is a young person with disability from Latvia and he is not satisfied with the current Latvian legislation for personal assistance. The legislation came into effect on the first of January 2013. People … Read more

Disability Watchdog- Rights of People with Disabilities in Croatia are violated

Disability Watchdog- Rights of People with Disabilities in Croatia are violated

ENIL has received an email from a parent of a child with disabilities who has raised concerns about violations of the rights of people with disabilities in Croatia. He along with other parents is calling … Read more

Reforms in Mental Health Law in Mexico

Reforms in Mental Health Law in Mexico

The Mexican government has amended its health law in a way that, for the first time , promises to transform the country’s mental health services to a community-based mental health system. In 2010, Disability Rights … Read more

Effects of the Budget Cuts in Britain

Effects of the Budget Cuts in Britain

Nadia Clarke is 20 years old and is a campaigner for people with disabilities. She has cerebal palsy and is deaf.  She has travelled to many places around the world speaking about the rights of people … Read more

Panel Discussion: Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Developing countries

Panel Discussion: Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Developing countries

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities as well as the Human Rights Day CBM and Human Rights Watch are holding a panel discussion on the Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in … Read more

DPAC: Legal challenge to government plan to close the Independent Living Fund

DPAC: Legal challenge to government plan to close the Independent Living Fund

A judicial review has been launched to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) consultation on closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF).  Six disabled claimants who receive support from the ILF have started judicial … Read more

Call for new UK Network to Challenge Attacks on Disability Rights

Call for new UK Network to Challenge Attacks on Disability Rights

A successful conference held in London on the 27th September called for a new UK network to challenge the attacks on disability rights in the UK. The conference supported by DPAC, Inclusion London, ALLFIE, Norfolk … Read more

Monitoring the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Monitoring the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has the juridical tool of a monitoring body in the different member-states that have ratified the Convention. This mechanism is to ensure maximum transparency and … Read more

Action Alert: Sign the Letter of Support for Law on Personal Assistance in Slovenia

Action Alert: Sign the Letter of Support for Law on Personal Assistance in Slovenia

ENIL and YHD are calling on other organisations to sign the letter of support for the Law on Personal Assistance in Slovenia. The draft law on Personal Assistance was rejected by the Slovenian Government in July 2012. Read more

EU issue new interpretive guidelines

EU issue new interpretive guidelines

On the 14th June 2012, the European Union issued an interpretive guideline to the already existing document Regulation (EC) 1107/2006. The document Regulation ( EC) NO 1107/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council … Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on torture calls for an investigation by the US Department of Justice into the use of shock on children with disabilities in the United States

On the 6 June 2012, CNN’s investigative programme “Keeping Them Honest” with Anderson Cooper looked into why shock is being used on children with disabilities in the United States. The programme looked at one specific … Read more

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