Today the European Court of Human Rights fired its first ever shot at the Ukrainian guardianship system, which abuses the rights of an estimated 48,000 people.

30 May 2013, Budapest. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) welcomes the “State of the World’s Children 2013” report issued today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The focus of this year’s report is children with disabilities. The main message is that inclusion benefits everyone, yet too many children with disabilities continue to face barriers to inclusion.
29 May 2013. New blog post by our Executive Director on how Serbian judges sentence 3,500 people to civil death per year.
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.


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