Yesterday and today, the UN’s CRPD Committee examined the European Union’s compliance with the Convention. Here are seven things we learnt during the session.
MDAC Executive Director Oliver Lewis has today written an open letter to Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, regarding the European Union's compliance with international disability rights law.
MDAC and partners call on Kenya to take action against forced sterilisation of women with mental disabilities and dismantle barriers to political participation at the CRPD Committee's 14th session in Geneva.
MDAC and Slovak partners submit alternative report to UN disability rights committee providing data on high levels of educational segregation, guardianship and institutionalisation of people with mental disabilities in the country.
The European Court of Human Rights is considering whether the Czech Republic violated Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights by unlawfully detaining an elderly woman, K.S., with an alleged mental disability in a psychiatric hospital, and forcibly treating her against her will.
MDAC and UNPRPD launched a report on the human rights of persons with mental health issues or intellectual disabilities in the Republic of Moldova. The report is the result of more than three years of research work by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) jointly with MDAC.

During August, many States will see their laws, policies and practices reviewed by the UN Committee against Racial Discrimination. One of the States to be reviewed is the Czech Republic, a country where MDAC has worked for many years.

Today, Oliver addressed a meeting of European policy-makers in Brussels at an focusing on access to justice of children. The event was organised jointly by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and UNICEF. Here is what he said.
MDAC joins the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and calls on the Norwegian Government to withdraw its reservations to the CRPD.
The European Ombudsman has today called on the European Commission to improve “respect for human rights” in the use of billions of Euros of money provided to governments and to “dissuade [EU] Member States, and indeed itself, from ignoring violations of fundamental rights". MDAC calls for reparations for people affected by the misuse of Structural Funds.


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