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17 November 2012, Budapest. In its judgment of 8 November 2012 in the case of ZH v. Hungary, the European Court of Human Rights has clarified that countries need to “undertake reasonable steps to prevent situations likely to result in inhuman and degrading treatment” when detaining people with intellectual disabilities.
15 November 2012, Prague. As regards the rights of persons with disabilities, the Commissioner stresses the need to overhaul and transform psychiatric care in the Czech Republic. “Promoting de-institutionalisation, fully protecting persons with disabilities from involuntary hospitalisation, and eliminating ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty are priority tasks”.
19 October 2012, Budapest and Brno. The European Court of Human Rights yesterday issued a landmark judgment distinguishing treatment from torture in a case involving use of restraints on a person with a psycho-social disability, Bureš v. Czech Republic. MDAC represented the applicant in both domestic proceedings and at the ECtHR.
18 October 2012. Oliver Lewis, MDAC Executive Director, was a keynote speaker this week at the 2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship, which took place on Monday and Tuesday in Melbourne, Australia.
17 October 2012, Budapest. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) yesterday delivered its judgment in the case of Kedzior v. Poland, in which the applicant was represented by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center submitted an independent third party intervention in the case.
15 October 2012. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center has been actively involved in legal capacity law reform related advocacy activities in the Central and Eastern European Region in the last three weeks. This information bulletin focuses on developments in Lithuania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
Budapest 8 October 2012. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center and the Disability Rights Center call on the Hungarian government to overhaul the system in which people can be detained and forcibly treated with psychiatric medication. We make this request based on (1) the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which last month recommended that Hungary should, “ensure that health care services, including all mental health care services, are based on the free and informed consent of the person concerned.” And (2) because of a recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
4 October 2012, Budapest. Last week the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published its Concluding Observations for Hungary.
7 September 2012, Budapest – Today the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) sent a letter to the Hungarian Minister of Human Resources about allegations of abuse and neglect in the “Ray of Hope Rehabilitation Institution”, which houses 116 people with intellectual and other disabilities in a gated facility on the outskirts of Budapest.
31 August, Budapest – Today the prestigious International Journal of Human Rights published a special edition on “Disability and Torture”, which was edited by the Mental Disability Advocacy Center. The seven papers each address aspects of how law can be used to prevent abuses against people with disabilities, especially in places of detention.

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