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Today, we are proud. Legal capacity and the violations of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities topped the agenda of the Constructive Dialogue led by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 27-28 August in Geneva.
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People with disabilities are often prevented from traveling freely by the lack of recognition of their disability status, and by their inability to access services they would normally be entitled to in their home countries.
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It is no news that people with intellectual disabilities are discriminated against. Still, the scale of the problem is often minimized, and instances of neglect and abuse are brushed under the carpet.
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The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is currently in the process of examining the measures taken by the European institutions to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are considered in all relevant legislative proposals.
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The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is currently in the process of examining the measures taken by the European institutions to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are considered in all relevant legislative proposals.
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The statistics are clear – children with intellectual disabilities are increasingly excluded from mainstream schooling, and either isolated in special schools, or denied access to education completely.
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While many European countries are developing policies formally geared towards inclusive education, the segregation of students with disabilities has been constantly growing since 2008.
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Caged, abused, forcibly sterilised, ignored. These are not situations one would ever believe citizens of the European Union would live through in 2015.
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Although technological innovation has a tremendously positive effect on the lives of many, the risks associated with the ubiquity of technological tools are often underestimated, particularly by the most vulnerable groups in society
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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, civil society organisations working on anti-racism and anti-discrimination issues1 are joining forces to raise awareness about this dark period of history and commemorate the victims.
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