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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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