UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Concluding observations on the initial report of the European Union

The Committee is concerned that disability strategies do not include children and recommends a renewed EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child

Author: RNIB (Creative Commons)

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has published its concluding observations and recommendations on how the EU has been implementing its obligations as party of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The CRPD is concerned over the number of boys and girls with disabilities living in institutions across the European Union who have no access to mainstream inclusive quality education. It furthermore notes that disability strategies do not include children, and that the European Union Agenda for the Rights of the Child has expired.

The Committee recommends that the EU takes necessary measures, including the use of EU funds, to develop support services in local communities for boys and girls with disabilities and their families, foster deinstitutionalisation and prevent any new institutionalisation.

It further recommends that the renewed Agenda on the Rights of the Child includes a comprehensive rights-based strategy for boys and girls with disabilities and safeguards to protect their rights. And states that all disability strategies must address and mainstream the rights children with disabilities.

UN CRPD concluding observations available here.