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Protection of rights of mentally disturbed citizens discussed in Trans-Baikal Territory

23 November 2017

On November 23, under the auspices of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Trans-Baikal Territory Nikolay Kargin, a meeting of the Expert Council was held on the protection of the rights of citizens suffering from mental disorders.

The discussion was preceded by considerable preparatory work, including a visit to and examination of the current situation in social service institutions.

According to the results of inspections, more than two and a half thousand elderly people and people with disabilities requiring continuous care, including more than one thousand who have chronic mental illness, are on inpatient social services in the Trans-Baikal Territory. The overwhelming majority of citizens of this category has lost their social ties, live in social institutions, their incomes consist only of pensions and other social payments. They practically have no opportunity to defend their rights and interests on their own, apply to supervisory and control bodies, and therefore deserve close attention from the institutions of civil society.

The Expert Council stressed the effective work of the regional Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. While in July, 2017, the provision of social services in inpatient form needed 170 people, then on November 16, such citizens were absent. In addition, within various sources of funding, measures are being taken to strengthen the material and technical base of hospitals, running repairs are being carried out, medical, technological and other equipment is being purchased.

However, in 2016–2017, violations of labour, social and financial rights of citizens residing in boarding institutions were noted. On the detected violations, the necessary measures have been taken.

Adapted from the press service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Trans-Baikal Territory

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