Press Releases

Actions to guarantee responses to violence against women with disabilities in residential institutions

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, MDRI-S met with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, members of the Parliament, independent institutions, the Republican and Provincial Institutions for Social Protection and international organizations. We discussed violence against women and girls with disabilities in residential institutions in Serbia. MDRI-S presented a study showing that women […]

Discrimination against Women with Disabilities: Sexual intercourse with a helpless person or rape?

MDRI-S submitted to the Constitutional court of the Republic of Serbia an initiative for assessing constitutional legality of the article 179, paragraph 1 of the Criminal code, which determines a criminal act of Sexual intercourse with a helpless person. This provision states that “whoever commits sexual intercourse or equivalent act by taking advantage of person’s […]

International conference „Equality before the law and supported decision – making“

    Within PERSON project, Mental Disability Rights Initiative MDRI-S , in partnership with Disability Rights International Rights International and support of Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR), organized international conference „Equality before the law and supported decision – making“ that was held on 29-30 June 2016 in Belgrade. The conference was focused on legal capacity and possible alternatives to guardianship with […]

Serbia must respect disability rights

Belgrade, 14th of June 2016 Today, MDAC and Mental Disability Rights Initiative – Serbia held a press conference in Belgrade to urge the Serbian Government to act upon the recommendations it recently received from the UN Disability Committee. Serbia has a long history of disturbing cases of death, torture, neglect and total social exclusion of […]

Death in Veternik institution is a direct consequence of torture against persons with mental disabilities in Serbia

Nearly a decade after the 2007 report “Torment not Treatment: Segregation and Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities in Serbia” published by Mental Disability Rights International, the Republic of Serbia continues to fail to protect persons who live in residential institutions from inhuman and degrading treatment. The lack of action is a serious dereliction […]

Exclusion of children with disabilities in residential care from the education system

Almost 60% of children with disabilities in residential care in Serbia are excluded from the educational system. Children with disabilities in residential care do not fulfill their right to education on an equal basis with others. Additional aggravating circumstances are present such as a limited number of schools that cooperate with the institutions, a limited […]

Serbia: “committed to inclusion” while funding segregation

In Geneva this afternoon a delegation of the Serbian government tried to convince the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that it was “committed to inclusion”. Yesterday in a village called Stamnica, 120km from the capital Belgrade, the Serbian Government opened a new 112-bed building adding to an institution that now has […]