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Archives by Author: Felicia Mburu

Zambia High Court Calls for Review of Mental Health Law

Lusaka Zambia – On 17 November, Zambian disability activists from the Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA) and Disability Rights Watch (DRW) held a press conference on the outcome of decision of the Zambian High Court concerning the constitutionality of the 1949 Mental Disorders Act. In a Petition brought by three… Read More

Uganda: Breaking Point at Butabika – Reform Needed

KAMPALA – Today, Validity (formerly MDAC) releases a report entitled Breaking Point documenting abuse, ill-treatment and shocking conditions at Butabika National Mental Referral Hospital in Uganda. Children were  detained with adults, seclusion rooms are still in operation, and residents with serious health conditions were… Read More

Zambia Must Close Abusive Institutions, says UN Expert

Ms. Catalina Devandas, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Disabilities has welcomed greater respect for the rights of people with disabilities in Zambia since 2010, but says the country must go further and abolish abusive practices against people with mental disabilities. In her report to the UN Human… Read More