On 16 and 17 March, representatives of the FRANET contractors working on the fieldwork phase of FRA’s project on the right to independent living of persons with disabilities met in Vienna to kick off the national qualitative research.
The EU, as the first-ever regional body to ratify an international human rights treaty, must implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in its areas of competence.
On 8 December, FRA presented findings from its report on violence against children with disabilities during the ninth meeting of the European Commission’s informal expert group on child rights.
European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly's first visit to FRA on 1 December proved to be a welcome opportunity to exchange information and views on a wide range of topics.
On 17 November, FRA took part in a Nordic Conference on the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Malmö.
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 10 September, FRA presented its child rights work to a group of Swedish experts at a workshop organised by the Swedish Ombudsman for Children and the Children’s Welfare Foundation in Sätra.
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.