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Australia: Rape of disabled people ‘too hard to prosecute’

Posted 29/06-11 at 01.57

Leena Sudano, Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner in South Australia, and the Pubic Advocate, John Brayley, have met with the police to discuss details of recent cases of rape and serious sexual assault against disabled people th ...

USA: Cruel but usual treatment at New York residential institutions

Posted 13/06-11 at 16.45

In March, 2011, the New York Times published a devastating exposé of conditions in the state's residential institutions for disabled people. Now they have written a related story about the 2007 death of 13-year-old disabled boy, Jonathan Cary. He ...

USA: Worker at residential institution arrested for sexual abuse

Posted 05/06-11 at 19.22

Orlando Baez, a care worker, admitted to the sexual abuse of a 26-year-old woman with mental health problems living at Hillandale, a residential facility in Pasco County, Florida. This marks the second time an employee has been arrested for sexually ...

UK: BBC programme exposes criminal abuse at care home

Posted 03/06-11 at 12.40

On May 31st, the BBC screened an extremely disturbing documentary showing the violent abuse suffered by people with learning difficulties at Winterbourne View, a residential institution near Bristol run by Castlebeck. The latter is owned by an off ...

USA: ‘Shock school’ director forced out

Posted 27/05-11 at 15.47

Matthew Israel (78), founder and director of the Judge Rotenberg Center, where disabled youngsters are punished with electric shocks, has been forced to quit the centre and to serve five years' probation. These moves were the result of a plea bar ...

Tanzania: No access to justice for disabled people

Posted 08/03-11 at 12.31

The failings of the judicial system is a major problem for disabled people in Tanzania, where it is estimated that the levels of sexual assault and other forms of violence are ten times greater for disabled people, especially women and children, than ...

Kenya: People with mental health problems and learning difficulties face neglect and abuse

Posted 02/03-11 at 00.28

The estimated three million Kenyans with learning difficulties or mental health issues endure intense stigma from society and get virtually no help from the state. A CNN report found families locking up their loved ones, children discarded by ins ...

China: More reports of the enslavement of disabled people

Posted 28/02-11 at 23.36

Zhang Wei, director of the Beijing offices of Enable Disability Studies Institute, a NGO, reports that young women have been sold by psychiatric hospitals as sexual partners and wives and young men with learning difficulties have been imprisoned as f ...

USA: McDonald’s sued over abuse of disabled man by employees

Posted 08/02-11 at 12.46

A civil action has been started by the mother of a Navajo man with learning difficulties who was allegedly abused by three employees of one of McDonald's restaurants in New Mexico. It is claimed that the restaurant in Farmington hired employees in ...

The Netherlands: HORROR STORY. Disabled teenager tied up for three years in institution

Posted 02/02-11 at 12.05

The Dutch government defended the practice of continual restraint for patients with mental health problems, after photos of a tethered 18-year-old were shown on TV. ...

USA: Sexual assaults on disabled women in care home

Posted 14/01-11 at 13.14

Police in Los Angeles arrested a suspect believed to be one of four men shown in a video apparently sexually assaulting disabled women in a care home and other places in about 2007. ...

Mexico: Disabled adults and children locked up and abused in institutions

Posted 02/12-10 at 16.24

Disability Rights International (DRI) and the Comisión Méxicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) have just (November 30, 2010) released a shocking report that describes the disappearances of children from Mexican institution ...

Europe: Disabled people continue to face abuse in institutions

Posted 24/10-10 at 22.41

Caged beds and other restraints are still used in a number of Council of Europe member states to keep disabled people "under control". Too little has been done to prevent this and other kinds of abuse in institutions. There is an atmosphere of imp ...

USA: People with learning difficulties abused in California prisons

Posted 23/09-10 at 21.44

Nine years ago a federal judge ordered California to protect inmates with learning difficulties in state prisons. Last July, the state asked that the decree be lifted. However, the judge refused saying that these prisoners are still being, ‘verball ...

USA: Physical abuse claims at school for Deaf

Posted 23/07-10 at 07.26

The director of a residential school for Deaf children in North Carolina has been suspended after allegations that she failed to act on reports that staff members slapped a student, shoved another and held one girl face-down on the floor with a force ...

USA: Demonstration in support of disabled boy attacked by gang

Posted 13/07-10 at 00.45

Over 100 people gathered in front of City Hall in Havana, Illinois to demand action to protect Cory Miller, a 16-year-old wheelchair user, and to find and prosecute the youths who viciously attacked him on Saturday afternoon on Main Street. ...

Italy: Politicians denounce abusive Facebook page on children with Down Syndrome

Posted 25/02-10 at 00.13

Politicians and Internet activists in Italy have denounced a page on Facebook that calls for children with Down Syndrome to be used for target practice. Police were trying to track down who set up the page, which features a photo of a baby ...

India: Disabled girl beaten to death by father

Posted 20/01-10 at 18.28

In the state of Kerala, a seven-year-old girl with multiple impairments was thrashed to death by her father. The man, T. Abdulla (33), admitted his guilt to police, saying he was unable to bear the child's plight. http://vyganews.com/index ...

UK: The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to hold inquiry into disability harassment in England and Wales.

Posted 17/12-09 at 02.21

The Commission is the UN accredited human rights body for Great Britain responsible for promoting and monitoring implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Commission plans to use its legal powers to i ...

USA: Teenager with autism assaulted by Chicago police

Posted 16/12-09 at 18.13

In April, sixteen-year-old Oscar Guzman was outside his family's restaurant when two officers approached him. He couldn't answer their questions, became frightened and fled inside. Ignoring Oscar's family's explanation that he couldn't understand ...

Malaysia: Disabled people targeted by criminals

Posted 19/11-09 at 19.17

Criminals have been devising new ways to steal from disabled people. A recent example was the attack by machete wielding robbers of residents in the Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) in Rawang, Selangor. The president of the IL ...

USA: Father kills disabled son and then himself

Posted 11/11-09 at 21.41

After telling his son he loved him, a father in Philadelphia shot and killed the boy and then took his own life. Fabian Duque, 17 years old, was autistic and used a wheelchair. Luis Carrasquillo, a family friend, said "...everyone on the ...

UK: Care worker gets 12 years for sexual assault on disabled women

Posted 10/11-09 at 18.49

James Watts, 57, has been convicted of sexually assaulting four disabled women at the care home where he worked as a mini bus driver. He was found guilty after one of his victims testified by blinking yes or no to questions from the police.Another ...

Bangladesh: Accused intimidate witnesses in rape of Deaf girl

Posted 05/11-09 at 13.07

Two men charged in the rape of a Deaf girl in Sathkhira district have been accused of intimidating her and witnesses. It is also claimed that they, together with others, have been attempting to destroy evidence. This information was given ...

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