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UN Committee reviews EU’s disability treaty compliance

Monday, September 14, 2015
News from Europe
For the first time, the European Union has subjected itself to a full review by the committee tasked with overseeing the primary international treaty for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. In a 12-page report released…

Report slams South Africa’s inclusive education shortcomings

Saturday, September 5, 2015
South Africa Fails to Include Children with Disabilities in School
In a new report released August 18, Human Rights Watch accused the South African government of falling woefully short of its international obligations to ensure free, inclusive education for children…

Disability benefits largely untouched in new UK government’s first budget

Friday, August 7, 2015
UK Budget Cuts Spare Benefits for People with Disabilities
For much of his first term, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron targeted the country’s disability benefits programs as part of his push to cut government spending. So when Prime Minister…

European Court rejects challenges to UK assisted suicide ban

Friday, August 7, 2015
Physician-assisted Suicide Ban Stands in UK
The European Court of Human Rights declined July 16 to rule on the merits in two cases challenging the United Kingdom’s physician-assisted suicide laws. Under the Suicide Act of 1961, physician-assisted suicide is banned…

Report uncovers black sites, caged children with disabilities in Mexico City

Tuesday, August 4, 2015Disability Rights International released an extensive report [PDF] July 22, documenting a range of abuses of children and adults with disabilities in government-run facilities across Mexico City. In one harrowing example, featured in a video from ABC News, children are isolated in rooms lined with cages and cribs. As detailed in the report, many of these children have been confined there for years, as evident by extensive atrophy in their arms and legs and failing body organs.

English Premier League under fire for inaccessible stadiums

Thursday, July 30, 2015
English Premier League Stadiums Provide Inadequate Accessible Seating
Disability advocates are taking the world’s top soccer league to task for its slow progress in providing sufficient seating at its stadiums for people with mobility disabilities. In a speech in front…

Northern Ireland high court debates abortion and disability

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Abortion and disability debates continue in Ireland
The Belfast High Court heard arguments earlier this month as to whether Europe’s strictest abortion ban should have a disability exception. Abortion is a crime, punishable by life imprisonment in Ireland, with exceptions…

Inclusive education in India

Tuesday, July 7, 2015Rooted in Rights welcomes articles by guest authors from across the globe to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This piece about inclusive education in India is contributed by Dr. Anindita Chatterjee, Clinical Psychologist, and Director of…

UK court rules that disability benefit delays are unlawful

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
UK Disability benefits must be processed within a reasonable time
A United Kingdom court ruled June 5 that the national Department for Work and Pensions is violating UK law by failing to timely process Personal Independence Payments [PDF]. Prime…

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