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Romanian Constitutional Court says plenary guardianship is unconstitutional

This month, the Constitutional Court of Romania declared that Article 164(1) of the Civil Code addressing ‘judicial interdiction’ for adults with disabilities is unconstitutional. Judicial interdiction is a legal term that is also known as ‘full guardianship’ or ‘plenary guardianship’ under which adults with disabilities are denied the right to… Read More

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

European Union: UN Special Rapporteurs on Disability and Housing Express Concern Over Systematic Misuse of EU Funds to Promote Disability-Based Institutionalisation Across Europe

Brussels and Budapest, 23 July 2020 – Two senior United Nations (UN) experts have expressed concern about numerous instances of EU funding being used to finance the maintenance and expansion of institutions for persons with disabilities across the continent, in violation of international human rights law. UN Special Rapporteur… Read More

Photo of the Conseil d'Etat, Paris

Covid-19: Urgent application before French Conseil d’Etat on rights to life and freedom of persons with disabilities

JOINT STATEMENT Collectif pour la Liberté d’Expression des Autistes and Validity are concerned about the French government’s decision to confine persons in medical and social care institutions that host persons with disabilities. Confronted by massive violations of fundamental rights, particularly the rights to freedom, protection from arbitrary detention and the… Read More

Mathare Hospital, Kenya

Kenya: Mental Health Advocates Call for Inclusive Process of Reform

People with psychosocial disabilities in Kenya have demanded a seat at the table in national consultations aimed at reforming the country’s outdated mental health legislation. Late last year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the establishment of a ‘Mental Health Taskforce’ under the Ministry of Health to develop comprehensive proposals… Read More

All children have the right to family – joint position statement

All children have the right to family life, yet children with disabilities are disproportionately deprived of this right. The reasons are multiple, including the lack of practical and financial support to families with children with disabilities, governments failing to invest in community-based services, and a strong push by professionals to… Read More