Great victory in work for rights of mentally disabled

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia must pay a record compensation to a man with mental disabilities who has been illegally detained. This is a great victory for us and our partner Mental Disability Advocacy Center and for the work for the rights of persons with mental disabilities.

– We are very satisfied with this court ruling. It puts a focus on a vulnerable group, and shows the decisiveness of the European Court in regard to fighting violations of rights of persons with mental disabilities.

The Court finds that Russia has violated several provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights when depriving a man with mental disabilities the opportunity to act independently in almost all areas of life and keeping him imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for more than six months.

Russia is sentenced to pay 25,000 euro in compensation to the man. This is the first time the European Court is adjudicating such a large amount of compensation in a case concerning mental disability rights.

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Categories: Achievements.
Tags: Compensation, European Court of Human Rights, and Mental Disability Advocacy Centre.
Regions: Russia.