The statement of the European Committee of Social Rights is a roadmap for states in view of the difficult decisions on law, policy and resource allocation that will have to be taken in the coming years.
Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business
Karin Lukas has been invited by the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions and the German Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers as keynote speaker at the online High-Level Meeting on the Council of Europe Recommendation on the development and strengthening of effective, pluralist and independent NHRIs, taking place on 26 April 2021 ( 10-13.15h CET).
Join the online event marking the 60th anniversary of the 1961 European Social Charter! Expert speakers will focus on ‘taking stock’ of the Charter and our colleague Karin Lukas, President of the ECSR and Head of Program Line Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business at LBI-GMR, will speak on “The European Social Charter and Equality”.
Karin Lukas has been re-elected as Vicepresident of the European Committee of Social Rights. Together with Giuseppe Palmisano (President), François Vandamme (Vicepresident) and Eliane Chemla (General Rapporteur), she coordinates the activities of the Committee which monitors the implemention of social rights in 43 European states.
Persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups of suspects in criminal proceedings. If they come into conflict with the law, they face a particularly high risk of not experiencing a fair trial. In many cases, their vulnerability due to their illness or disability is not identified in due time or not considered. Their procedural rights, particularly their right to information, their right to access a lawyer, and their right to medical assistance, in particular during deprivation of liberty, are often not adequately ensured.
The Handbook “Dignity at Trial”, which was elaborated during a two year pilot research project (2016-2018) assessing the implementation of the EC Recommendation on safeguards for vulnerable persons suspected or accused in criminal proceedings (2013/C 378/02) draws on broader involvement of professional stakeholders and persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities who have undergone criminal proceedings.
DIGNITY at TRIAL: Enhancing procedural safeguards for suspects with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities