A coalition of organisations have today called on Ugandan Members of Parliament to oppose a Government-sponsored Mental Health Bill which will breach the human rights of persons with mental disabilities in the country.

Yesterday, the Czech Constitutional Court ruled in favour of David Vratislav, a 24-year-old young man suing the local authorities for failing to provide him with the social services he needed. The court said that every person, including people with high support needs, has the right to receive adequate social services respecting their dignity.

Judgment in a constitutional challenge to the 1949 Mental Disorders Act found language in the legislation to be "highly offensive, derogatory and discriminatory".
A collective complaint against the Czech Republic calls for an end to the policy of institutionalising children with disabilities and Roma children under three in the country.
Releasing specialist materials for lawyers on representing children with mental disabilities in Europe, along with eight national legal innovation strategies targeting the most systematic human rights violations faced by such children.

The European Court of Human Rights is currently examining the case of a young Polish man who was forcibly detained and treated in a psychiatric hospital against his will. The court found that, because of his mental health issue, he was not guilty of an alleged assault. He started treatment and experts testified that his health had improved. However, the court decided to lock him up anyway. MDAC has submitted legal arguments to the ECtHR supporting his right to liberty and freedom from forced treatment.

Robert Martin, CRPD Committee Member, talks institutionalistion, ill-treatment and human rights

Robert Martin, CRPD Committe Member

MDAC is calling on the Hungarian government, as a matter of urgency, to publish its findings into abuses exposed at the Topház social care home, instead of targeting human rights defenders for exposing abuse.
Today, MDAC releases a report entitled Breaking Point documenting abuse, ill-treatment and shocking conditions at Butabika National Mental Referral Hospital in Uganda. MDAC calls for urgent assistance to residents and a fundamental rethink of the Mental Health Bill.
MDAC expresses its unequivocal opposition to legislation passed in Hungary which undermines the rule of law, freedom of association and respect for fundamental rights of NGOs.


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