This video is a video produced by students with disabilities from the library of Trinity College Dublin to lower access to the library for students with Disabilities. It was part of a research project on the implementation of Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities. You can read the full academic paper on the project here. Access to public services according to Article 9 UN CRPD here means proper access to library service.
This is why science matters.
Scientific research is conducted to draw conclusions from its results for every day life questions to improve the situation for society as a whole. When populists are taking over politics again and right wing judges in national courts are again undermining existing international mandatory human rights protection legislation, we have a democratic weapon. It is called science.
Our work therefore also includes accompanying scientific research on our cases. As part of a PhD thesis carried out at the moment, we are examining the level of fundamental rights protection for individuals with disabilities in the German county of Bremen and examine, what needs to be done in our country for individuals with disabilities to ensure their fundamental rights.
This PhD thesis was initiated by the case of disabled Michael P., living in a small German town called Bremerhaven. At the moment, we are carrying out an extensive interdisciplinary empirical study at all public prosecution offices and guardianship courts in Germany on care violence, care corruption and discrimination of women and individuals with disabilities or mental illness.
Michael P. has not received any protection from the local prosecution offices and guardianship courts for over 4 years against crimes concerning bodily harm. Witnesses of the crimes committed against him have been threatened and publicly discredited by actors of the executive and the judiciary in order to prevent the female witnesses from further investigations on the case. A short summary of this case can be found here.
This case study examines empirically whether the human rights violations in the executive and judicial authorities in the county of Bremen only exist there due to well-known long time corruption issues occuring on the grounds, or if this is a nationwide problem, meaning a systematic unlawful reduction of the level of protection for women, people with disabilities or mental illness and individuals in need of care before German investigation authorities in the whole of Germany.