International Law

Report uncovers black sites, caged children with disabilities in Mexico City

Tuesday, August 4, 2015Disability Rights International released an extensive report [PDF] July 22, documenting a range of abuses of children and adults with disabilities in government-run facilities across Mexico City. In one harrowing example, featured in a video from ABC News, children are isolated in rooms lined with cages and cribs. As detailed in the report, many of these children have been confined there for years, as evident by extensive atrophy in their arms and legs and failing body organs.

India fails to pass major disability rights bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 PDF Available Here Galaxy Lesson Title India fails to pass major disability rights bill E-Newscast Video Link Video Length Two minutes and twenty-five seconds Grade Level High School & Above Summary Despite nearly three weeks of protests, the Indian…

India fails to pass major disability rights bill

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India fails to pass major disability rights bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Disability Rights Bill Stalled
Despite nearly three weeks of protests, the Indian Parliament adjourned from its winter session February 19 without passing a closely watched Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill. On February 3, thousands of demonstrators converged in New

Is the “Treaty For of the Blind” in jeopardy?

Sunday, June 2, 2013
United Nations
Negotiations on a United Nations Treaty on copyright exceptions for people who are blind will reconvene in mid-June, but disability advocates are raising the alarm that the treaty is being diluted by special interests. Under U.S. law, published…

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…

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…

Human rights violations in Ghana involving persons with mental illnesses

Sunday, October 21, 2012According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, patients with mental illnesses in Ghana have been subject to dire human rights violations in the facilities where they reside. The violations include forced fasting, being chained to trees, living in…

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