Authors: World Health Organization
WHO/Europe has released a report entitled “Mental health, human rights and standards of care”. It assesses the quality of institutional care for adults with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in the WHO European Region.
The findings from this regional report highlight the subpar standard of long-term institutional care for people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in many European countries. A significant proportion of the assessed institutions were found to be in violation of the fundamental rights of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, including their legal capacity, autonomy, dignity, liberty and security of person, physical and mental integrity and freedom from torture and ill treatment and from exploitation, violence and abuse. There is enormous scope for improvement throughout the European Region and indicates that CRPD signatories are at risk or culpable of substantial breaches of the treaty.