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.
The FRA is speaking at the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Strasbourg on 13 September 2011. While in Strasbourg, the FRA is also attending ENIL’s fifth Freedom Drive.
3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To mark this date, the European Commission and the European Disability Forum are organising a conference, looking at disability policy and practice in the European Union and suggesting ways in which it can be improved.
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).
Over 40 people from service-user organisations, psychiatric associations, legal organisations, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and national human rights organisations came together on 4-5 November 2010 to discuss FRA’s disability work.
One in every four European adults is affected by mental health problems, studies suggest. On World Mental Health Day 2010, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Director Morten Kjaerum makes the link between mental health and fundamental rights and underlines the importance of the work of the FRA in this area: