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3 September 2013, Budapest. In his latest post, our Executive Director gives his alternative to Secretary of State John Kerry's speech.
8 August 2013. Today MDAC asked the UN Human Rights Committee to promote, rather than ignore, UN disability rights standards.
7 August 2013, New York. The UN General Assembly must not undermine the work of the UN’s human rights treaty bodies, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Amnesty International said today.
30 July 2013, Budapest. Today MDAC sent a letter to the European Commission calling on it to take measures to stop Hungary from creating new institutions for people with disabilities. The Hungarian government is spending 12 million EUR of EU structural funds on building new institutions which will perpetuate the segregation people with disabilities for many generations.
29 July 2013, Budapest. MDAC welcomes a new publication by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), entitled “Legal capacity of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental health problems”
On 17 July 2013, the New York Times published a letter by Dezideriu Gergely (Executive Director of the European Roma Rights Centre) and Oliver Lewis. It concerns the discrimination in education faced by Roma children and children with disabilities in central and eastern Europe.
26 June 2013. Today, on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, three NGOs call on the Romanian Prime Minister to take decisive action to end torture and other ill-treatment of young adults, aged between 25 and 35, who are held in a residential institution in Bucharest. The Romanian NGO Centre for Legal Resources, together with the London-based Interights and Budapest-based Mental Disability Advocacy Center issued the following statement.

In a judgment published this week (Nencheva v. Bulgaria, judgment of June 18), the European Court of Human Rights held the Bulgarian government responsible for the death of 15 children and young adults who died in an institution during the winter of 1996/97. The youngest was four and a half, the oldest 22. Mitko Durov, one of the victims, was five when he was placed in the institution in 1995.

One of the human rights violations which older people experience is how their wishes are overridden by others. The right to legal capacity is a core provision in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and actions are being taken to stop infringements of autonomy. A new treaty is being drafted to protect older people’s rights.
7 June 2013. New post on OliverTalks: Psychiatry should step out of the bubble of mental health and join the disability rights world where the right to live in the community means more than access to psychiatric treatments.

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