7 June 2012, Budapest and Copenhagen. Today the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched a report on “Choice and control: the right to independent living”. The report is the first to present a European level evidence-base about how people with disabilities are often excluded from society, and what needs to be done to reverse this situation.
7 June 2012, Prague and Budapest. The UN Committee against Torture has told the Czech Republic to stop caging people in psychiatry and social care. It condemned the use of institutionalisation, and criticised the use of physical restraints and solitary confinement in psychiatric facilities.
18 May 2012. On Monday and Tuesday this week the Mental Disability Advocacy Center and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee co-organised a conference in Budapest to strengthen efforts to prevent torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in places of deprivation of liberty in Hungary.
17 May 2012, Budapest. On the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) MDAC reaffirms its support for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world. In particular, MDAC calls for the recognition of equal rights for LGBTQ persons with disabilities, who face multiple discrimination on the grounds of their disability and sexual orientation or gender identity.
MDAC welcomes Russia’s step towards becoming a State Party to the CRPD and calls on the Russian government to fully implement the Convention and to “take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities” Article 4(1) b) CRPD).
MDAC has signed a joint NGO submission, in which we call on the Minister of Justice and Public Administration to withdraw the proposal, which, if adopted by Parliament, would declare that Hungary is not willing to implement the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
The Mental Disability Advocacy Center is delighted to announce that Thomas Hammarberg is the organisation’s Honorary President, effective today. Thomas Hammarberg served as the second Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, completing his six-year mandate last Friday.
MDAC has been in Chisinau, Moldova for the past four days, where it delivered a training session on how to prevent torture and ill-treatment against people with disabilities by monitoring the rights of detainees in psychiatric and social care institutions. Participants included representatives of the Ombudsman Office (the Center for Human Rights), the National Preventive Mechanism, and Non-Governmental Organisations.

22 March 2012. Earlier this week, the Mental Disability Advocacy Center held a two-day training event on legal capacity and supported decision-making in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the members of the newly established task force on Bulgarian legal capacity law reform.

9 March 2012, Budapest. International Women’s Day falls on 8 March each year. The world celebrates the contributions of women and the struggle for equal rights. This recognition quickly dissipates… today is just another day for many women whose bodies are objectified, behaviours controlled and autonomy ignored.


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