by Israel Butler
Open Society Foundations, October 2015
While the publication deals with law and policy, it is fundamentally about people, particularly European citizens with disabilities, and the EU’s obligation to ensure they can realize their right to live in the community. Securing and promoting the rights of people with disabilities is a basic component of fundamental EU values such as respect for human dignity, liberty, equality, and human rights. As it stands, the fundamental rights of people with disabilities in the European Union are guaranteed under many legally binding documents such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), and the European Convention on Human Rights.