Council of Europe

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities introduced the legal recognition of universal legal capacity in its Article 12:

Council of Europe

European organisation to protect human rights

The Council of Europe is an organisation protecting human rights in Europe.

Inclusion Europe works with the Council of Europe to promote the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

The Council of Europe is different to the European Union. Council of Europe consists of 47 member states.

Why is the Council of Europe important to people with intellectual disabilities and their families? 

 The Council of Europe has instruments and institutions that are especially important to people with intellectual disabilities and their families: 

European Social Charter

The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights. It guarantees a broad range of everyday human rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare:

Collective Complaints

The procedure was introduced in 1995. The aim was to increase the effectiveness, speed and impact of the implementation of the Charter.

Inclusion Europe (together with partner organisations) submitted 2 collective complaints:

Complaint against Belgium

The complaint is about children with intellectual disabilities being segregated and discriminated in education in Wallonia (region on Belgium).

The complaint was successful, with the Committee condemning Belgium in its decision.

Complaint against France

The complaint covers many aspects of life of people with disabilities in France. It alleges discrimination they face in all kinds of situations.

Oviedo Convention

We are urging the Council of Europe to stop the work on the Optional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention, as the document is harmful to people with intellectual disabilities. 

Elections and political participation

In 2012 Inclusion Europe prepared an easy-to-read document requested by the Council of Europe: Recommendations from the Council of Europe to European governments: How to make sure people with disabilities can take part in political and public life (.pdf)  

Inclusion Europe is member of the Conference of International Non-governmental Organisations (Conference of INGOs), which is consulted on relevant topics. 

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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