Council of Europe

The key issues about violence against women with disabilities

21 September 2010 - End of September, the Council of Europe is expected to draft the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Therefore EDF presents improvements to make sure women with disabilities will be taken into account in this important human rights text. Read on why gender dimension is important in disability and how EDF is coming across.

How can Europe improve the journey of 65 million citizens?

16 December 2009 - Accessible transport is a vital condition for the implementation of one of the four freedoms granted by the European Union to its citizens: the free movement within its borders, for European residents with disabilities. Tomorrow 17 December, the Council will be discussing a very necessary regulation about bus passengers’ rights. Six countries are not in favor of improving the travel conditions for persons with disabilities. Two recent stories in the news underline how crucial this regulation is for persons with disabilities.

Council of Europe reiterated its commitment to the respect of the civil, political and social rights of persons with disabilities

In 2006, the Council of Europe adopted a Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 to be implemented in the 46 member countries of the Council of Europe.   The Plan consists of 15 key action lines covering all aspects of the life of disabled persons, setting out some 40 objectives and more than 160 specific actions to be carried out by member states. 

COUNCIL OF EUROPE adopts two disability related resolutions

On 12 December 2007, the Committee of Minister of the Council of Europe adopted two new Resolutions as follows

COUNCIL OF EUROPE adopts resolution on Universal Design

On the 12th of December 2007 a resolution on Universal Design was adopted by the Council of Europe. EDF was represented in the working group drafting the resolution throughout the negotiations.

Publication: Access to social rights for people with disabilities in Europe (CoE, 20039

This report describes general principles and measures designed to give people with disabilities access to social rights in Europe.

It also identifies those obstacles that still impede access for people with disabilities to full participation in society. It also give numerous examples of good practice.This publication can be ordered from the Council of Europe:

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Order reference : 92-871-5328-0.

Publication: Legislation against women with disabilities (CoE, 2003)

This publication analyses the underlying factors of double discrimination based on gender and handicap and proposes actions to achieve real equality.This publication can be ordered from the Council of Europe:

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Order reference : 92-871-5316-7.

Publication: Legislation to counter discrimination against persons with disabilities (CoE, 2003)

This comparative analysis takes stock of existing legislation covering all areas of life such as education, mobility, accessibility, vocational guidance and training, employment, sports, leisure and culture, medical care, etc.

This report identifies three main approaches to achieve equality of opportunity: anti-discrimination legislation, preferential treatment and compensatory measures.This publication can be ordered from the Council of Europe:
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Instruments and Activities of the CoE - Thorsten Afflerbach

Towards full citizenship of people with disabilities – Instruments and Activities of the Council of Europe

Thorsten Afflerbach

Administrative Officer
Responsible for co-ordinating the activities in the field of rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities
Partial Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field
Directorate of Social Affairs and Health
Directorate General III – Social Cohesion
Council of Europe

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