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The Board and staff of Validity (MDAC), have important news about our organisation to share. After 15 years with the charity, the last ten as Executive Director, Oliver Lewis is moving on to pursue new opportunities.
MDAC uncovers torture and ill-treatment against people with disabilities in Hungarian residential institution. Calls for immediate assistance to the victims.
The UN has criticised the practices of forced abortions and gender based violence against women in psychiatric institutions in Moldova, following a review of the country's disability rights record.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in a case against Russia, criticising the poor quality of state-funded legal representation in the country, and admonishing its justice system for failing to allow people to effectively challenge their psychiatric detention.




I would like to say a few words, on behalf of all MDAC and on my own behalf, on hearing the news that our dear client, collaborator, friend and hero Rusi Stanev has died, at the age of 61. My heart goes out to people whose lives were touched by Rusi, to the Bulgarian disability rights movement, and to my colleagues who have kindly shared their memories and thoughts about what Rusi meant to them.

UN disability rights expert calls on Zambia to abolish Mental Disorders Act 1951, close abusive psychiatric facilities and replace them with community-based services.
Dates: 11-13 of April 2017; and October (2 days TBC)
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Description: The training aims to create a pool of lawyers who are familiar with torture, cruel and inhumane and degrading treatment of children with mental disabilities and possess the tools and knowledge to litigate this successfully.
The Polish Government has admitted that it failed to adequately investigate abuse against a man with intellectual disabilities. The case highlights discrimination against testimony provided by people with disabilities.
A major judgment from the Constitutional Court of Moldova rules that denying access to justice for people under guardianship violates the Constitution. MDAC submitted an amicus in the case which will directly benefit 4,000 people with disabilities in the country.
UN Human Rights Committee tells Slovakia to abolish cage beds and restraints in psychiatric institutions and speed up inclusion in the community for people with disabilities.

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