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.
The FRA presented on 29 November its two recent reports on hate crime and on minorities as victims of crime. This presentation was given as part of the fundamental rights exhibition at the European Parliament and was followed by a panel debate organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI).
On 16 October 2012, FRA gave a presentation to a public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on implementing and monitoring the UN Convention on the rights of persons 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.
In 2008 the Commission issued a proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. (COM (2008) 426)
This year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, on 1-2 December in Brussels, specifically focuses on the effects of the crisis on people with disabilities. It brings together organisations representing people with disabilities and relevant stakeholders to identify best practice solutions to offset the effects of the economic crisis on people with disabilities. On this important European Day, the FRA underlines that it will continue its efforts to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities.
FRA launches the second publication of the project on the ‘Fundamental rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental health problems'.
Today on World Mental Health Day, the FRA wishes to reaffirm its commitment to continue its work on the fundamental rights of people with mental health problems.