Living a self-determined life in an inclusive society is an established human right, according to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD). With the ratification of the UN-CRPD the countries commit themselves to adjust their political legislation to the fundamental principles of the UN convention. But what does it really look like? Get to know more in the Topic of the Month October: Politics and legal issues.
It will take effect on January 1, 2017: the new Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG). It is intended to fundamentally improve participation in society and encourage the self-determined life of people with disabilities. Yet never before has a bill caused so much backlash. Activists are demonstrating for their rights and are protesting the law.
Nothing about us without us – this slogan, as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD), is being brought up time and again. In Germany, it is currently more at the forefront than ever before because decisions made at the political level experience heavy backlash. People with disabilities adamantly and loudly protest on the Internet and on the streets against the upcoming Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG).
The Federal Participation Law (Bundesteilhabegesetz, BTHG) is intended to regulate the legal status of people with physical and so-called intellectual disabilities. In June of this year, the bill was passed in the Cabinet and will take effect in January 2017. Yet there are many who are critical of the amendments.