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Statement following the death of 37 residents of a psychiatric institution in Luka village, Russia, yesterday. "Russia must take urgent action to prevent such terrible loss of life in these gulag-type institutions,” said Oliver Lewis, Executive Director of MDAC.
Eighteen months after his victory at the European Court, MDAC is representing Rusi Stanev to challenge the Bulgarian judiciary to restore his legal capacity and achieve true independence.
OliverTalks - Our Executive Director explains how the Romanian government is attempting to avoid accountability for the death of Valentin Câmpeanu in a psychiatric institution.
4 September 2013, London and Budapest. MDAC has today made a submission to the UK House of Lords which is in the process of scrutinising the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). This legislation, which applies to England and Wales, regulates the way in which people with disabilities can make decisions in their lives when they have been deemed ‘incompetent’ by the courts.
4 September 2013, Budapest: The Václav Havel Prize for Human Rights is presented annually by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation , to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.
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”

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