Russia: children with disabilities face double discrimination in criminal justice system

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will consider whether Russia subjected a 12-year-old boy with physical and mental disabilities to torture or inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, or denied his right of access to justice.  The Grand Chamber has granted leave to intervene in the case to respected and expert international charity the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC). MDAC has submitted its written comments on international law, the rights of people with disabilities and the rights of children to the Court.  Its comments focus upon how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can inform how the Court interprets the principles of equality and non-discrimination when it decides cases affecting the rights of children with disabilities.


Doughty Street Chambers barristers Paul Bowen QC, Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Louise Price assisted MDAC with their intervention.  The Executive Director of MDAC is Oliver Lewis, an associate tenant at Doughty Street.


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