On 26 and 27 October, FRA participated in the 11th meeting of the CRPD Working Group of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, hosted by the Croatian Disability Ombudsman in Zagreb.
Petitions and complaints give individuals, including people with disabilities, the tools to claim their rights. In doing so, they help make rights a reality, said FRA in its speech to a public hearing organised by the European Parliament's Petitions Committee on 'Protection of the rights of people with disabilities, from the perspective of petitions received' on 15 October 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
On 15 September, FRA spoke at a side event to the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the human rights of older people, co-organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Republic of Austria.
The concluding observations on the EU from the UN Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), “will continue to open doors for people with disabilities, and provide them with the support they need to live their lives on an equal basis with others in society,” said FRA’s interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos in his speech at a European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) conference.
FRA will address the opening of the 14th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 17 August in Geneva. It will use this opportunity to illustrate how robust evidence and independent expertise can help people with disabilities enjoy their rights on an equal basis with others.
FRA’s family of five infographics to help raise awareness of the voting rights of people with disabilities have now been made available in many more EU languages. Each infographic targets a different audience and draws on FRA research into the right to political participation of people with disabilities.
Record numbers of migrants died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2014. Member States should therefore consider offering more legal possibilities for people in need of international protection to enter the EU, as viable alternatives to risky irregular entry. This is one of the conclusions from this year’s Annual report which looks at developments across the EU in many areas over 2014.