Fact-finding visit to Slovakia: 22 – 23 September 2016


The Committee on Petitions constantly receives petitions detailing cases of violation of the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities. One such example is Petition 1459/2012, tabled by Judith Klein, Director of the Mental Health Initiative, Open Society Foundations, concerning the investment of EU funds in residential centres for the disabled in certain Member States of Central and Eastern Europe.

The Committee on Petitions carried out a visit to Bratislava, Slovakia between 22 - 23 September 2016, in view of better understanding the situation on the ground. The mission included a visit to a residential institution, as well as a community-based facility, dialogues with the relevant authorities, civil society representatives and people with disabilities in the respective centres.