Disability Rights

HCLU warns to stop EU investments in institutions in Hungary

Central Eastern European Countries – including Hungary – are obligated to close their segregating institutions for people with disabilities. Despite the fact that the European Union finances the reform, most of the countries spend the funds exactly in the opposite manner: enlarging and renovating the existing institutions.

The Lucky Few: Photo report on Disabled Living in the Community in Hungary

Zoltán, György and József live in a downtown flat in Tapolca, Hungary. A perfunctory look would reveal nothing strange about their life. Two years ago they were living in a residential institution that accommodates two hundred people, like the twenty thousand other intellectually challenged people in Hungary. Photo and article was made by Szabolcs Barakonyi and Veronika Munk (index.hu).

HCLU film disables protest

Local governments of Bélapátfalva and Szilvásvárad, two small settlements in Hungary, protested against disabled people who were going to move into their community. The rejected are the former residents of the social care home in Bélapátfalva, an institution that housed more than 300 disabled and elderly people who lived in exclusion. 

"The programme is you" – An account from a mental health service user

The person interviewed in the film has dual diagnosis, which means history both in substance abuse and psychosis. He talks about his experiences with forced hospitalization, which not helped him in recovery, but on the contrary, they contributed to the worsening of his condition.

The HCLU's movies shared a Special Award at the Hégető Honorka Prize ceremony

The aim of the Prize is to acknowledge television and online video works aimed at highlighting the problems of marginalised groups, and raising public and media awareness. It is a big honour for us to be awarded this prize in 2013.

Institutions are hegemonic - new mental health report on Europe published

"Despite far-reaching changes in some countries institutions are still the dominant form of service-provison in many countries in Europe" - Mental Health Europe's new report 'Mapping Exclusion' starts with this synthetic observation, which is documented with 32 state-reports.