Press Releases

Open call for Producing Guidelines for Centres for Social Work

In partnership with the Association „Naša Kuća“ from Belgrade, MDRI-S is implementing the project „Equality before the law as a precondition for employment of persons with disabilities-EQUALIZER”, supported by the European Union. The project duration is 24 months. The project is intended notably for progressive improvement of laws, policies and practices that restrict the right to […]

The recently reported deaths in social care institutions in Serbia are not isolated cases

Civil society organisations for human rights and fundamental freedoms issue: Statement In respect of the recent deaths of residents at the social care home in Trbunje, and the social care home in Tutin, and an earlier case of suffocation of a 23 year old resident in social care institution Sremčica, these are not isolated cases […]

The situation of children and youth with disabilities in the social protection system- Challenges and opportunities

There are 20 institutions for the accommodation of children and youth in Serbia. 11 of them are institutions for children and youth without parental care, 3 are institutions for education of children and youth and 6 are institutions for children and youth with disabilities. According to the latest report of the Republic Institute for Social […]

Serbian training materials- PODIUM

Now you can download Serbian training materials created within the project “ Path of deinstitutionalization- Urgent Moves (PODIUM)“. More about the project you can find on the following link

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 […]