Citizenship is a great enabler, bringing with it many rights. But when trying to enjoy their rights many people with disabilities face constant barriers. As this year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on citizenship, FRA calls for greater efforts to build a fairer and more inclusive Europe so people with disabilities can live as fully-fledged citizens.
On 8 November in Brussels, the Agency gave a presentation on human rights indicators on the right to political participation at a thematic meeting on participation of people with disabilities in political parties.
The FRA Director met high-level officials in Sofia from 19 to 20 September to further strengthen the Agency’s cooperation with Bulgaria in light of the future Bulgarian EU Presidency that will start in January 2018.
The Agency co-hosted an event on the role of disabled persons organisations and national human rights institutions in implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and its Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
At the end of 2016, the members of the EU Framework to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted the Framework’s 2017-2018 work programme.
On 24-25 November, the Agency attended the meeting of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions’ (NHRIs) working group on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
During the fifth meeting of the European Social Network (ESN)’s Working Group on Disability in Brighton, UK from 11 to 12 October, the Agency presented its work on indicators on the right to independent living of people with disabilities.