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Chinese Mother keeps son chained in barn for 20 years

Posted 16/09-11 at 15.49

An elderly Chinese mother has chained her naked son in an empty barn for twenty years because he became violent and tore all his clothes. She is very poor and has no money for straw for bedding. She loves him and worries who will look a ...

Serbia: European Union stops funding for institutional care

Posted 30/07-11 at 23.37

After sustained pressure from human rights groups, particularly Serbia's Disability Rights Initiative (MDRI-S), the European Union has withdrawn support for the reconstruction of six institutions for disabled people in Serbia.The €5.1 million pr ...

UK: Care home company criticised for failing residents

Posted 30/07-11 at 23.11

After an BBC undercover investigation found gross violations of disabled people's human rights at Winterbourne View, a care facility run by Castlebeck, 23 of the company's other homes have been inspected. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report ...

International: Disability and Global Development

Posted 30/07-11 at 22.50

On the Kojo Nnamdi radio show (25th July), four disablity experts discussed the new World Report on Disability and examined how disability issues are being integrated into broader approaches to international development. Participants were, Judith ...

USA: Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Presidential proclamation and protests against unequal pay

Posted 29/07-11 at 00.47

President Barack Obama issued an official proclamation to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the ADA. He also called for the ratification of the CRPD. "Through the ADA, America was the first country in the world to comprehensively declare equality ...

USA: State governor issues order to regulate shock therapy at Judge Rotenberg Centre

Posted 29/07-11 at 00.20

On 22nd of July arguments were heard at a public hearing on proposed regulations that would phase out the use of controversial shock treatment for young people at the Judge Rosenberg Centre in Canton, Massachusetts. Representatives from civil and ...

UK: Parliamentary committee highly critical of reform to disability benefits

Posted 27/07-11 at 21.22

The Work and Pensions Committee report on the changes to assessment for incapacity benefit ( the benefit paid to people who are assessed as being unable to work) is highly critical of the way the new system has operated. While the committee suppo ...

UN Convention: Pakistan and Cyprus ratify CRPD

Posted 24/07-11 at 23.23

Cyprus ratified the Convention and the Optional Protocol on June 27th. On the 5th of July Pakistan became the 103rd country to ratify the Convention. As of mid-July signatories and ratifications are as follows: Convention ...

Indonesia: Caged and chained up: the fate of many people with mental health problems

Posted 22/07-11 at 13.56

PBS NewsHour has produced a hard-hitting programme on the treatment of people with mental health problems in Indonesia. Yayasan Galuh is an institution near Jakarta, where some 260 patients spend their days on a hard tile surface rimmed by open s ...

UK: Lobby called to defend Elaine McDonald and disability rights

Posted 19/07-11 at 16.08

Disability groups have called for a lobby of Kensington & Chelsea Council's Cabinet Meeting on the 21st of July to protest the attack on human rights of Elaine McDonald. As reported by DAA, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled in support of the c ...

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