Viewpoint: Yannis Vardakastanis – Why Europe needs a human rights approach to persons with disabilities

“A cross-cutting approach and mainstreaming of disability issues in all policies should be adopted in the Council of Europe’s Disability Action Plan 2016-2020,” writes Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum (EDF).

Russia: Congress President condemns alliance treaty with Abkhazia

Jean-Claude Frécon said: “Abkhazia is a region of the Republic of Georgia, and we cannot recognise the validity of a so-called treaty adopted in violation of the territorial integrity of a member state of the Council of Europe.”

Russia: Opposition leaders hope for judges’ support in human rights challenge

Two Russian opposition politicians hope Strasbourg judges will agree tomorrow that their human rights were breached by national authorities.

France: Court to rule on Somali pirate human rights protests

Tomorrow, Strasbourg judges will decide whether 10 Somali men accused by France of piracy, suffered a breach of their human rights.

Conference: How to include people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response

Policy makers and government representatives will gather in Brussels tomorrow, for a two-day conference discussing the inclusion of disabled people in disaster preparedness and response strategies.