Disability Rights Group Calls On Four European Nations To Remove
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 23, 2003
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY--Last week, the Mental Disability Advocacy Center submitted a report to the European Parliament on the use of locked cage beds in psychiatric institutions and social care homes.
The 63-page report, "Cage Beds: Inhuman and Degrading Treatment in Four EU Accession Countries", focused on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, calling such continued use a failure of these countries to protect the right of each person to be free from "inhumane and degrading forms of treatment".
"It is shocking to learn that some disabled people are regularly restrained in a locked cage bed," said Liz Lynne, a Member of the European Parliament who joined MDAC in submitting the report. "This appalling practice, which is by no means restricted to the four countries surveyed, is completely unjustifiable according to international human rights law."
In the report, MDAC recommended that the countries use legislative and administrative measures to prohibit the use of cage beds, that they monitor how the policies are implemented and make the results public.
Related resource with photos and links to report in PDF and DOC
"Cage Beds" (Mental Disability Advocacy Center)