The European Court of Human Rights has today found that our client Stefan Stankov was unlawfully detained in Bulgarian disability institutions for over 15 years, and was subjected to degrading treatment.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Europe’s premier torture prevention body: the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). The CPT is made up of one expert from each of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe, and travels around the continent inspecting places of detention. These include psychiatric hospitals and social care institutions. It has an important role in pushing governments to end abusive practices against people who are deprived of their liberty.


The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and MDAC call on Czech President Miloš Zeman to withdraw his opposition to inclusive education for children with disabilities and Romani children.
Last week in Kampala, MDAC and our partners at Mental Health Uganda called on the Ugandan government to take decisive action to tackle widespread torture, ill-treatment and exploitation against people with mental health issues in the country. Launching two major reports, the organisations criticized a complete breakdown in law resulting in abusive practices in state psychiatric hospitals and communities.
The Czech Supreme Administrative Court has acknowledged that children with disabilities have an enforceable right to receive social services to ensure that they can continue living in the community, with their families.
MDAC is delighted to announce that leading international law firm Clifford Chance has awarded MDAC a Commendation under its Access to Justice Award.
People with mental disabilities have been waiting for centuries for a legal capacity revolution and they need States to move from being unbelieving and intransigent to engaged and active. This will only happen if the UN and civil society provide them with feasible policy options.

Today on World Mental Health Day, MDAC has published snapshot reports on three countries where we have been working for many years: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Hungary. The reports provide NGOs and governments with clear evidence that all three countries are falling short on their commitments to shift people with mental health issues and people with intellectual disabilities out of institutions and into communities. The core rights of autonomy and the choice of where and with whom they live – things which the majority of us take for granted – are denied.

This month, MDAC and our partners at the League of Human Rights submitted a legal challenge against the Czech Republic on behalf of a boy who was denied access to numerous schools at the European Court of Human Rights. Jan's case highlights the discriminatory denial of supports to children with disabilities to access mainstream education, a right guaranteed by international law
The European Court of Human Rights today found the Romanian government responsible for the death of 18-year old Valentin Câmpeanu in sub-zero temperatures in a psychiatric hospital in 2004. The ruling will have implications for legal systems across Europe as the Court clarified that NGOs could represent people with disabilities who died and where there was no one else to seek justice.


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