UN: EU is not doing enough on disability rights


Yannis Vardakastanis, of Greece, President of the European Disability Forum, addresses a high-level meeting on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities during the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York City, New York, USA, 23 September 2013. Also pictured is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and John Ashe (2-L), President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

After ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010 the EU still has a long way to go

The UN launched a scathing report about the EU and its progress on advancing the rights and freedoms of nearly 80 million disabled persons in Europe. In keeping with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) the EU will have to appear before the UN again in 2019 to show further progress, which per the report released today will have to be momentous.

Harsh criticism from the UN

The UN report released on Monday, 12 pages in all, listed only two areas in which the EU...

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