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  • Let’s aim for an ambitious European Disability Rights Agenda 2021-30

    22.10.2020 Last Friday the EC published its roadmap on the post-2020 European Disability Strategy, to be adopted in the 1st quarter 2021. EDF advocates for a comprehensive Strategy covering all aspects of the lives of persons with disabilities. All areas contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) should be part of the Strategy. We welcome the current areas listed in the roadmap. In our views, the current adopted approach offers opportunities to meaningfully deliver to citizens with disabilities – if clear and ambitious objectives are adopted in each sector. Now it’s...
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  • EDF calls for the immediate release of all Belarusian human rights defenders

    21.10.2020 EDF fully supports this call from Belarusian and international human rights Organisation for the immediate release of Oleg Grablevsky and all the detained Belarusian human rights defenders. Joint statement concerning intimidation and arrests of Belarusian human rights defenders exercising their professional duties We, Belarusian and international human rights organisations, are alarmed at the increasing cases of intimidation and arrests of Belarusian human rights defenders exercising their professional duties. At present, among others in detention are Maria Rabkova, coordinator of the...
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  • We call on the EU to protect the rights of migrants and asylum seekers with disabilities

    21.10.2020 The European Disability Forum is concerned that existing policies on asylum and migration, including the newly adopted Asylum and Migration Pact do not recognise the obligations that the European Union has under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Migrants and asylum seekers with disabilities face the same risks as other refugees and they also face additional risks and human rights violations. Due to systemic failure of States to respect their human rights obligations, migrants and asylum seekers with disabilities...
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  • Are public sector Websites accessible? Survey in English, French and Spanish

    15.10.2020 We recently uploaded the video of the online event co-organised by EDF and the European Commission on 23 September, the deadline for all public sector websites to comply with the Web Accessibility Directive. At EDF we want to know if websites of the public sector are progressing on digital accessibility. We would be grateful if you could disseminate this survey (available in English, French and Spanish) among persons with disabilities to get their feedback. Link to the video. Link to the summary of the event. Link to survey.
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  • EDF welcomes the appointment by the UN of leading Disability Rights expert

    07.10.2020 Today the Human Rights Council of the United Nations appointed Professor Gerard Quinn as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. EDF has followed the selection process of the new UN Special Rapporteur on disability and warmly welcomes the nomination of Professor G. Quinn for this important role. Gerard Quinn is Professor Emeritus in law at the National University of Ireland (Galway). He holds degrees in political science (B.A.) and law (LL.B.) from the National University, is a qualified barrister-at-law (B.L., Kings’ Inns) and a graduate of Harvard Law...
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  • EC Passenger Rights consultations: new deadline and accessible formats

    07.10.2020 The European Commission has extended the deadline for the three following consultations to 23 October: Air passenger rights – people with disabilities/reduced mobility (Regulation 1107/2006) Bus & coach transport– passenger rights (Regulation 181/2011) Sea and inland waterway transport- passengers rights (Regulation 1177/2010) We requested accessible Word documents for the 3 consultations, and you can download these below under More Information: Accessible Air passenger rights consultation Accessible Bus and coach passenger rights consultation Accessible Sea and inland waterway...
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  • REMINDER! 2020 Photo Competition "Inaccessible Places”

    07.10.2020 Theme We are looking for photos showing inaccessible places for persons with disabilities(in various areas of life: images of public, private places related to work, leisure, cultural or sportive life, etc.). Inaccessibility is understood for the purpose of this competition as the lack of appropriate measures, including the inadequate design of places, preventing access to persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. Thus, inaccessible places also prevent an independent approach, entry, evacuation and/or use of places and facilities by persons with disabilities, and/or pose a...
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  • Statement - EU action on minimum wage and income – A one-size-fits-all approach will leave behind persons with disabilities

    05.10.2020 In Europe, we pride ourselves on our solidarity. We are a continent with a long history of strong social protection, accessible healthcare and free education. And yet these principles often take a back seat when it comes to persons with disabilities. Two decades into the 21st century, being a person with a disability in the European Union is still synonymous with an increased risk of poverty. This has been made far worse by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As part of its proposed Action Plan on the EU Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission is looking into the possibility of...
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  • EU Rail Passenger Rights negotiations: What is in the political agreement?

    02.10.2020 Representatives of Member States and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on 1st October. The text of the agreement still needs to be finalised and it may take a few weeks before it is published. We've been campaigning for years to ensure persons with disabilities have equal access to rail transport. Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President, said “We want passengers with disabilities to be able to 'turn up and go' and catch a train when they want to, just like everybody else. We will comment on the political agreement as soon as we are given access to its content.” Press...
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  • New EDF guide on the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee)

    29.09.2020 Ever wondered how the CEDAW Committee works, and why you should engaged? How can you contribute to the work of the Committee to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities? EDF just launched a guide on engagement of organisations of persons with disabilities with the CEDAW Committee that tell you everything. The guide gives practical information on: The CEDAW Committee and its work Involvement of DPOs, through: Participation in the review of country Submission of complaints Submission of information for Days of General Discussion/General Recommendations Download the guide here:...
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