26 April 2013.The Russian government should honour the memory of the 38 people who died in a fire in a psychiatric hospital last night by dismantling the country’s gulag system of mental health institutions.
The April edition of our newsletter is out. You can read a Q&A with Lycette Nelson, Litigation Director on strategic litigation and MDAC Legal Officer Eyong Mbuen tells you about ill-treatment of people with disabilities in Uganda.
18 March, Chisinau, Moldova. The rights of people with disabilities in Moldova inched closer to being respected last week. During 11-15 March MDAC carried out three seminars in Chisinau for government representatives, NGOs, the Ombudsman’s Office, and people with disabilities.
7 March 2013. MDAC announced on 8 January 2013 that the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovakia had issued a decision on 28 November 2012 in a case regarding deprivation of legal capacity in which it found violations of numerous rights under the Slovak Constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
5 March 2013, Geneva and Budapest. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center welcomes the groundbreaking report and statement on torture and ill-treatment in healthcare settings by Professor Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Professor Méndez presented the report yesterday to the UN Human Rights Council, and this morning States gave their formal feedback on the report.
On 21 February 2013, MDAC took part in the launch of the alternative report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Hungary for period 2016 – 2012 and the accompanying publication „Figyeljetek ránk” (Pay attention to us) on the situation of the rights of the child.
18 February 2013, Budapest. Today, civil society organisations and experts from the field of disability rights sent a submission (available only in Hungarian) to the President of Hungary asking him not to sign the new Civil Code into law but send it to the Constitutional Court for constitutional review.
14 February 2013. Joint statement by Inclusion Europe, Inclusion International and the Mental Disability Advocacy Center.
23 January 2013. In a judgment issued yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia violated the right of a man who was prohibited from marrying the woman he loved. MDAC represented the applicant in the Lashin v. Russia case, which is the first to address the right to marry by persons with psycho-social disabilities. For the first time the Court recognized that a blanket ban on the right to marry for persons under guardianship is incompatible with the European Convention.
8 January 2012, Budapest. The Slovak Constitutional Court issued a decision on 28 November 2012 finding violations of the rights of a person with a psycho-social disability who was deprived of legal capacity in the first case brought by MDAC before Slovakian courts.