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Disability and poverty in Australia

Friday, May 17, 2013A recent report on poverty in Australia by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), revealed that persons with disabilities are twice as likely to be in poverty than the national average. More than a quarter of persons with disabilities…

Mexico steps towards reform in mental health law

Sunday, February 17, 2013The Mexican government has taken steps towards amending its health law to establish a community-based mental health system.  Disability Rights International’s (DRI’s) report of human rights violations in 2010 focused international attention on the problems of Mexico’s mental health institutions…

Aljazeera interviews US disability advocates

Sunday, February 17, 2013 recent article by the Qatar-based newsroom Aljazeera included excerpts from  interviews of several US disability advocates, about the challenges facing people with disabilities in the United States.
Failure to Lead
Although the US legal framework for disability rights may…

Anti-rape protests in India sparks discussion

Monday, February 4, 2013
India Street Scene
Recently in India, there is renewed attention drawn to the vulnerability of women with disabilities when it comes to rape. Protests were sparked after the murder of a 23 year-old woman who was brutally gang-raped on a…

Disability groups angered by Belgium assisted suicide case

Saturday, February 2, 2013A highly publicized assisted suicide case in Belgium, long known for its looser regulations of such matters, has triggered a wave of responses from disability rights activists.
News from Belgium
Unlike in the United States, where just three states…

International court orders Guatemala to improve conditions at institution

Saturday, January 5, 2013A Guatemalan psychiatric hospital where security guards reportedly abused patients, denied basic medical care and engaged in sex trafficking has been formally ordered to overhaul its operations.
Court rules!
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ordered the Guatemalan government to…

UN resolution calls for additional autism services

Saturday, December 22, 2012The United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution December 12 calling on nations around the world to take more steps to expand autism research, improve services and reduce the stigma attached with people with autism spectrum disorders.
News from …

Senate rejects UN disability treaty

Friday, December 7, 2012In a major disappointment for disability advocates, the U.S. Senate voted 61 to 38 on December 4 in support of a United Nations treaty recognizing the rights of people with disabilities, falling short of two-thirds vote needed for ratification. “This…

China passes first mental health law

Friday, November 9, 2012China recently passed its first national law protecting the civil rights of its estimated 100 million people with mental illnesses.
News from China
The law, approved October 19, requires mental institutions to protect their patients private health records, according to…

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