Monday, January 5, 2009

In Eastern Europe, Lives Languish in Mental Facilities

From The new York Times:

The name of this isolated spot in the lush Danube plains means justice or, in Russian, truth.

But little of either seems to have penetrated the home for men with
mental disabilities and illnesses here, a bleak establishment reached
most easily by a bone-jarring, six-hour ride from Sofia, the capital...

Across Central and Eastern Europe, many people with mental illnesses or
disabilities are sequestered without rights or recourse under
Communist-era rules that put their fates in the hands of legal
guardians, often regardless of the severity of their disabilities,
according to human rights groups.,,

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