Fundamental rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental health problems News
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.
As this year’s International Youth Day focuses on youth and mental health, FRA points to the need to address mental health issues from an early age. This will better prepare young people for employment and inclusion in the community by tackling the stigma and discrimination that many face during their formative years.
Next year the elections at the European Parliament will be an opportunity for millions of Europeans to have their say in how Europe should be run. However, many people with disabilities face barriers in exercising this basic right.
FRA has published a report underlining how legal incapacity can prevent people with disabilities from exercising choice and control over their lives, despite the promise of current international standards.
FRA took part in the second meeting of the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities in Strasbourg from 12-14 June.
FRA’s Director spoke at the ‘International Conference on Employment Rights: Innovative policies and practices for persons with disabilities’.
This year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, on 3-4 December in Brussels, focuses on active participation of people with disabilities in public life. It will explore how European, national and local policies can support and promote good practice in in politics, media and sports. On this important European Day, FRA reaffirms its commitment to help build a more inclusive society that safeguards the rights of people with disabilities.
Today on World Mental Health Day (10 October), the FRA acknowledges the difficulties people with mental health problems face in the current economic climate. It reaffirms its commitment to continue supporting efforts to respect the rights of people with mental health problems.
Discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental health problems persists despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the EU and 20 Member States.
If your vote is not counted, do you not count?The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published a report on the right to political participation of persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities in the European Union (EU).