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Protecting the Rights of People with Mental Disabilities in Africa

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 6:30 pm-8:30 pm - Listen to the podcast here

Read a summary of the event here.

From the Event Description:

People with mental disabilities in Africa face enormous obstacles to the exercise of their human rights, including societal stigma and exclusion, lack of community services, and lack of legal protections. The coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which many African countries have ratified, has given renewed impetus to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, including those with mental health and intellectual disabilities. The panel discussion will bring together advocates and experts from the fields of international human rights and disability law, mental health law, and international development to examine a range of strategies to enhance protections of the rights of people with mental disabilities in Africa.

Moderator: ARLENE S. KANTER, Bond, Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Disability Law and Policy Program; Co-Director, Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies, Syracuse University School of Law

Speakers: SHUAIB CHALKEN, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability; CHARLOTTE McCLAIN-NHLAPO, Coordinator, Office for Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID; MED SSENGOOBA, Finberg Fellow/Researcher, Human Rights Watch; STEVEN DATLOF, Hogan Lovells; LYCETTE NELSON, Litigation Director, Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC)

Sponsored by: Committee on African Affairs, Christina Holder, Chair; Committee on Mental Health, Karen Gomes Andreasian, Chair; Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice