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Discrimination

Despite constant achievements in the field of integration, many people with disabilities in today’s Europe still feel discriminated against. Therefore, many countries strive towards equal opportunity policies.

Given the complexity of the issue, governments follow different approaches. In order to shed some light on this diversity, the Council of Europe published the report “Legislation to counter discrimination against persons with disabilities” (October 2000), a collection and comparative analysis of existing legislation, covering all areas of life, such as education, mobility, accessibility, vocational guidance and training, employment, sports, leisure and culture, medical care, etc.

Based on contributions from governments, non-governmental organisations of and for people with disabilities as well as employers’ associations and trade unions, the report identifies three main approaches to achieving equality of opportunity: anti-discrimination legislation, preferential treatment, and compensatory measures.
 
Governments are recommended to apply a balanced “policy mix” of legislative and other measures to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of disability and achieve full citizenship of persons with disabilities.

The report was published on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights.

It is available in English and French from:

Council of Europe Publishing, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex,
Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 80
E-mail: publishing@coe.int
Web site: http://book.coe.int
(Legislation to counter discrimination against persons with disabilities, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg 2000, 72 pages, ISBN 92-871-4422-2, Price 10,67 €)

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