Children’s Rights for All! European Conference

PRESS RELEASE: 17 October 2011, Brussels

Inclusion Europe together with Eurochild and the Charles University in Prague will hold
a final conference for the project Children’s Rights for All! Monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for children with intellectual disabilities.

Taking place in Brussels on 20-21 October 2011, the conference will see the launch of the European Report as well as a series of national reports assessing the implementation of the UN Convention from the perspective of children with intellectual disabilities.

The event will conclude with the policy recommendations to ensure better protection of the rights of children with intellectual disabilities at national and European level.

Confirmed guest speakers include Jan Jařab, Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Richard Howitt, MEP and a former president of the Disability Intergroup and Thorsten Afflerbach, Head of Social Cohesion and Integration Division at the Council of Europe.

The conference will take place at Hotel Bedford, Rue du Midi 135, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

About the project:

In December 2009, Inclusion Europe, Eurochild and the Charles University in Prague embarked upon the research project to analyse the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child from the perspective of children with intellectual disabilities. The research, conducted by highly-qualified experts in the EU member states, focused on 5 priority areas: health, abuse, family and (de-)institutionalisation, education, as well as promotion, participation and antidiscrimination. The initiative received funding from DAPHNE Programme of the European Commission.

About the organisers:

Inclusion Europe (IE) is the European voice and representation of 70 member organisations of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Founded in 1988, Inclusion Europe has an over 20-year track record of successful operation and defending the rights of its constituency.

Eurochild is the European network of organisations and individuals promoting the rights and welfare of children and young people in Europe. Founded in 2004, the network has currently 109 Full and 36 Associate Members in 35 European countries.

The Charles University in Prague is one of the oldest universities in the world and nowadays belongs to the most eminent educational and scientific establishments in the Czech Republic which are recognized in both the European and global context.

For more information, please, contact:

Silvana Enculescu
Communications Officer
Inclusion Europe
Tel: +32 2 502 28 15
Fax: +32 2 502 80 10

Björn Becker
Information and Communication Officer
Tel.: +32 2 211 05 53
Fax: +32 2 511 72 98