Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

 
Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006 - 2015 


The Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015  was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 5 April 2006. It is addressed to the governments of all member states. The fundamental goal of the Action Plan is to help member states reinforce anti-discriminatory and human rights measures to enhance equal opportunities and independence of people with disabilities and guarantee their freedom of choice, full citizenship, active participation in the life of the community and improve their quality of life. The Plan provides a flexible framework for political decision-makers that can and should be adapted to and by every country, taking account of its specific conditions, in order to produce a tailor-made roadmap for innovative disability legislation, policy and practice. The Action Plan is meant to meet the needs of every person with a disability, without exception and regardless of the age, origin, nature or severity of the disability. 

Abridged evaluation report
Appendices to the evaluation report

Disability, a citizenship issue 

The work in the field of disability policies is central to the Council of Europe's action to promote the human rights of all citizens of a "Europe of the 47". Since 1959, it endeavours to highlight the challenges to be taken up and the political decisions required to remove the systemic barriers and counter the negative attitudes and social exclusion which prevent people with disabilities from developing their potential, improving their quality of life and participating in social life.

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Publications 

Achieving full participation through Universal Design
This book invites member states to:- promote full participation in community life by ensuring access to all areas of society, including the built environment, transport, products and goods, information, public service, education, employment and health care;- implement Universal Design as a strategy to ensure equal and democratic rights in society for all individuals, regardless of age, abilities or cultural background, including persons with disabilities. . (...more)

Access for People with Disabilities to Culture, Tourism, Sports and Leisure Activities: Towards Meaningful and Enriching Participation
The present report addresses the access of people with disabilities to cultural rights – one of the essential aspects of life. Despite the achievements and progress made in many member states, it is apparent that a lot remains to be done for a truly equal and meaningful participation of people with disabilities in culture, sports, tourism and leisure activities. This publication aims to take stock of the current situation and legal background and suggest actions for targeted improvements, to tackle discrimination and build fair and inclusive societies.(...more)

Social inclusion of children and young people with disabilities
The present report concerns the situation of children and young people with disabilities. It endeavours to highlight the challenges to be taken up and the political decisions required to remove the systemic barriers and counter the negative attitudes and social exclusion which prevent children and young people with disabilities from developing their potential, improving their quality of life and participating in social life. The Council of Europe is publishing this report in pursuit of its goal of constructing tolerant societies without obstacles to citizenship for all and with all, including all children and young people, notably those with disabilities. (...more)

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“Belgium is failing to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community”. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has published the report of his visit to Belgium (14 to 18 September 2015).
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The Council of Europe recently published the evaluation report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015
                                       
Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006 - 2015
The Council of Europe and Disability
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Contacts

Liri Kopaçi-Di Michele – Head of Equality Division
Ita Mirianashvili – Head of the Unit
Leena Leikas – Policy Advisor
Benedicte Stevenin, Administrative Assistant
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