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“Recent cuts to government funding of free legal support in the UK will have a disproportionate and negative impact on children with mental disabilities – particularly those in the criminal justice system. Legal aid for all treatment matters, including for those prisoners with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues will be stopped.” says Rebecca Parry, UK researcher for MDAC’s project on Access to Justice for Children with Mental Disabilities. »
Yesterday, the UN Committee on economic, social and cultural rights called on the Czech Republic to fully include all children in the mainstream education system, with resources and supports where necessary. In its ‘Concluding Observations’ the Committee also urged full-scale closure of institutions for people with disabilities, with investment in independent living and inclusion in the community. »
European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has launched a major investigation into the European Union’s Cohesion Policy, following concerns that substantial funding is being used to breach the fundamental rights of EU citizens with disabilities. MDAC welcomes this broad-ranging investigation, as well as the commitment to involving civil society. »
In a report released today, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said that human rights in Europe are in a “crisis unprecedented since the end of the Cold War”, and that people with disabilities face "discrimination on a daily basis". »

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