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.

If you would like to tell us about the human rights situation for people with intellectual or mental health disabilities in your country, please send an email, or use the form below. Your details will not be given to anyone outside MDAC without your permission.

Whilst we cannot respond to all emails, we may wish to contact you to obtain further information. Please let us know if you would rather not be contacted for such purposes.

Moscow (Russia) and Budapest (Hungary), 22 April 2011. Five years and five months after MDAC filed a case to test the Russian Federation’s guardianship system, the Russian government has plugged the gaps revealed by strategic litigation. The recent law reform provides procedural safeguards to people with disabilities who find themselves trapped in Russia’s still-archaic guardianship system. The Mental Disability Advocacy Center extends its congratulations to Russian policy-makers and civil society, and encourages further action.

20 April 2011, Budapest (Hungary). At a “constructive dialogue” event held at lunchtime today in Budapest, civil society organisations laid out key concerns about human rights of people with disabilities. The event was held during a conference on the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 hosted by the Hungarian government, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency.

20 April 2011, Budapest (Hungary). On Monday the Hungarian parliament voted into law a new Constitution. A total of 262 members of parliament voted in favour, 44 against and one abstained. Only members of the ruling Fidesz party voted in favour, utilising its two thirds super-majority to drive through the new law.

MDAC will facilitate a constructive dialogue on ”Disability Rights in Rhetoric and Reality: Bringing the Hungarian EU Presidency Home”, from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 20 April in the London Room, Hotel Mercure Metropol, Rákóczi út 58, Budapest.

12 April 2011, Geneva (Switzerland) and Budapest (Hungary). At the United Nations in Geneva today, MDAC launched a 60-page publication entitled, “Building the Architecture for Change: Guidelines on Article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”

On Tuesday next week MDAC will hold a side event within the 5th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva. MDAC's report on the implementation of Article 33 of the CRPD will be launched and panel discussion will also take place.

Read the invitation here.

NGOs in Hungary have produced a shadow report which looks in detail at the level of CRPD implementation in the country. The 254-page report entitled ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities or Disabling Rights?’ was launched at a public event in Budapest, Hungary, on 10 August 2010.
The report contains recommendations to the Hungarian government, including
Providing supported decision-making for the approximately 80,000 people under guardianship;
1 September 2010, UN Headquarters, New York. MDAC is delighted to announce that Gábor Gombos, MDAC’s Senior Advocacy Officer, has been elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The election took place today at the annual Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at UN headquarters in New York. Gábor’s term starts on 1 January 2011.


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