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MDAC Releases Major Report on Right to Legal Capacity

In early April 2014 MDAC released "The Right to Legal Capacity in Kenya”. The report highlights the voices of people with mental disabilities themselves for the first time, outlining the need for substantial legal and social reform, and provides comprehensive recommendations to bring Kenya in line with international law, and specifically right to legal capacity guaranteed by Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Today the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) is calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign the Marriage Bill which will deny the right to marriage to any person who has "any mental disorder or mental disability", a day before we launch a major report on the right to legal capacity in the country. »
MDAC is pleased to see the UK Supreme Court recognising that placing people with disabilities in institutions without their agreement is a deprivation of liberty, referencing so many of our leading cases at the European Court of Human Rights. »
In the final instalment of his three part blog series, MDAC’s Executive Director discusses the importance of advocacy and restorative justice as possible solutions to psychiatry’s failure to recognise and deal with human rights abuses among its professionals. »


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