17 November 2011. MDAC congratulates Europe’s top political body which today adopted new standards which advance the right to political participation of people with disabilities.

11 November 2011, Geneva. MDAC participated at the Global Forum on the OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture) organized by the Association for Prevention of Torture. The theme of the two-day Forum was ‘Preventing Torture, Upholding Dignity: from Pledges to Actions’.

4 November 2011, Strasbourg –  MDAC co-organised and hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘Evolving Standards in Preventing Torture and Ill-treatment against Persons with Disabilities’. The seminar brought together key high-level stakeholders at the intersection of torture and ill-treatment prevention and disability.

28 October, Zagreb, Croatia. Last week MDAC, in partnership with The Association for Social Affirmation of People with Mental Disabilities (SHINE), launched the publication “Out of Sight: Human Rights in Psychiatric Hospitals and Social Care Institutions in Croatia”. 

26 October 2011. MDAC and NGO partners are concerned that the Hungarian draft law on monitoring rights in places of detention does not yet comply with international law as mental health and social care institutions are left out. 

24 October 2011, Geneva and Budapest. “Individual communications procedures” are mechanisms for individuals to being their cases to United Nations (UN) treaty bodies where they believe their human rights have been violated and where they have already gone through a country’s legal system. Such cases can play a critical and constructive role in closing gap  between human rights rhetoric and reality and can enhance the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights. They can assist States to properly understand and discharge their human rights obligations.

20 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa. This week, MDAC was in Cape Town, South Africa, to participate in a congress of Pan African Network of People with Psycho-Social Disabilities. At the congress, MDAC gave a presentation on the right to vote under international law. The presentation highlighted recent developments such as the European Court of Human Rights judgment in Kiss v. Hungary, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluding observations with regard to Spain.

23 September 2011. Human rights organisations are calling on the Hungarian government to consult civil society in relation to the effective implementation of the recommendations formulated by the UN Human Rights Council during Hungary’s Universal Periodic Review.

MDAC is currently looking for an unpaid intern for a period of four to six weeks (depending on the level of experience and availability). In addition to the general internship criteria, the candidate should be fluent in both Romanian and English and have good analytical skills to conduct desk research related to MDAC’s six human rights goals. The internship would ideally take place from mid October to end of November 2011.


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