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What Does the Council of Europe Have Against People with Disabilities?

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Click to expand Image The headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. © 2018 Human Rights Watch In what may seem like a contradiction, the Council of Europe—the continent’s leading human rights body—continues to pursue a new legal instrument that would undermine the rights of people with disabilities. Today’s meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics— the body responsible for this treaty known as the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention on Bioethics, signals that states are prepared to adopt new rules regarding forced treatment and detention of people…

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