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Following the path laid out in Câmpeanu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed NGOs standing to secure justice for persons with disabilities who die at the hands of the State.
Read about exciting developments at MDAC, with Phillippa Kaufmann QC taking over as Chair from Dr Felicity Callard, and Peter Chivers becoming Vice Chair. Oliver Lewis transitions to London to spearhead outreach and fundraising, and Steven Allen becomes Campaigns Director.
The judgment represents an extraordinary victory for Mr. Stankov himself and an important impetus for the Bulgarian Government to abolish its system of guardianship and institutionalisation. Yet, the European Court of Human Rights remains entrenched in a protectionist and deficits-based model of disability and continues to be unwilling to engage with the post-CPRD era.
The European Court of Human Rights has today found that our client Stefan Stankov was unlawfully detained in Bulgarian disability institutions for over 15 years, and was subjected to degrading treatment.
Oliver talks about policing and prosecution of disability hate crime in the UK, asks why prosecution numbers are so low, and reflects on the rights of women with disabilities in the criminal justice system.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Europe’s premier torture prevention body: the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). The CPT is made up of one expert from each of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe, and travels around the continent inspecting places of detention. These include psychiatric hospitals and social care institutions. It has an important role in pushing governments to end abusive practices against people who are deprived of their liberty.


 

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and MDAC call on Czech President Miloš Zeman to withdraw his opposition to inclusive education for children with disabilities and Romani children.
Last week in Kampala, MDAC and our partners at Mental Health Uganda called on the Ugandan government to take decisive action to tackle widespread torture, ill-treatment and exploitation against people with mental health issues in the country. Launching two major reports, the organisations criticized a complete breakdown in law resulting in abusive practices in state psychiatric hospitals and communities.
The Czech Supreme Administrative Court has acknowledged that children with disabilities have an enforceable right to receive social services to ensure that they can continue living in the community, with their families.
MDAC is delighted to announce that leading international law firm Clifford Chance has awarded MDAC a Commendation under its Access to Justice Award.

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