European Court of Human Rights fails student with disabilities – ETR

Ştefan faced many challenges while going to school. He didn’t receive all the support he needed.

European Court of Human Rights fails student with disabilities

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Ştefan Stoain is a Romanian teenager with complex support needs. 

He faced many challenges while going to school in Romania, 

and he didn’t receive any support to access the bathroom. 


Stefan and his mother reported the situation. 

Even so, the European Court of Human Rights  

decided that Stefan was not discriminated at school. 

This decision fails to protect Stefan’s human rights. 

Inclusion Europe stands with other associations representing human rights and disability rights. 

We strongly disagree with the decision taken by the European Court of Human Rights. 

We think that: 

  • Romania should protect the human right to have an education of everyone 
  • Accessibility of the school is not enough because Stefan has complex support needs 
  • Romania didn’t respect the United Nations Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) 

The European Court of Human Rights needs to consider again its decision.  

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