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.

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).”


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