The European Commission has refused MDAC’s call to investigate the misuse of EU funds to segregate people with mental disabilities in Hungary. As the European Parliament has stated that it ‘deplores’ segregation in institutions, MDAC is turning to political channels to prevent EU taxpayers’ money being used to violate the human rights of people with mental disabilities.
MDAC has received a response from Luxembourg’s Minister for Family Affairs and Integration, Corinne Cahen. Ms Cahen supports MDAC’s position that several fancy dress costumes sold by Amazon are deeply offensive to people with mental health issues. Ms Cahen has written to Amazon urging them to remove the offensive items from sale.
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With the European Commission’s blessing and funding, the Hungarian Government is steaming ahead with plans to segregate people with disabilities from large institutions into smaller ones. These are what they call “group homes” (institutions with 8 to 12 beds) and “living centres” (institutions of up to 25 beds). The new institutions, by their very definition, will continue to segregate people from the community. Segregation is a violation of international law. It breeds societal anger, frustration and resentment. It entrenches the very prejudices from which disability rights emerged to eradicate. Enough is enough.
15 January 2014. Every day hundreds of people in India get electrocuted through their brain without their consent while they are fully awake. Read our Executive Director's blog post on why the Indian Psychiatric Society and the World Psychiatric Association should end its support of this terrifying and dangerous practice.
Today, the Mental Disability Advocacy Center has resorted to submitting a complaint to the European Ombudsman alleging maladministration of the European Commission, for funding the segregation of 24,000 adults and children with disabilities in the country.
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3 December 2013. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, our Executive Director encourages everyone to become a human rights activist. Read his 10 advocacy tips!
MDAC today urges the new Norwegian government to remove its declaration to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which fundamentally undermines core human rights principles.
On the International Day of Students, MDAC, together with the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), urges governments to end the segregation of children with disabilities and Roma children in education, and to ensure inclusive education for all children.
Our Executive Director's new blog post about the unlawful detention of people in psychiatric hospitals in West Bengal. Click to read the blog post in English and Bengali.


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