Grave concerns about potential human rights violations by the Council of Europe

My Talents. For Diversity. is a European project about the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in the labour market and the benefits of diversity management.

Grave concerns about potential human rights violations by the Council of Europe

Inclusion Europe, alongside other organisations, reiterates our strong opposition to the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention and express deep concerns over the human rights violations potentially about to be undertaken by the Council of Europe.

Our organisations have been engaged in the discussion on the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention since 2014. From the beginning, we have expressed opposition to the development of measures that violates the rights of persons with disabilities and contradict international human rights laws.

Since then, many actors from the United Nations system, civil society and within the Council of Europe have also condemned the work undertaken by the Committee on Bioethics on involuntary treatment and placement in psychiatry.

The adoption of the protocol will create a legal conflict between the obligations of States at the regional level (Council of Europe) and the international level (CRPD).

Two different standards will apply in European States which for the vast majority have ratified the CRPD, setting a very dangerous precedent for human rights in Europe and beyond.

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