In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Romania published today, Commissioner Muižnieks urges the authorities to increase protection of persons with disabilities.
The Commissioner calls for a thorough investigation of allegations concerning serious human rights violations, such as ill-treatment of inmates of the Centre for recovery and neuropsychiatric rehabilitation in Maciuca. Additionally, he calls for measures to be taken to report and investigate deaths of persons with disabilities which occurred in residential institutions.
Raising the issue of guardianship of persons with disabilities, Commissioner Muižnieks calls on the authorities to adopt and effectively implement the new legislation aimed at enhancing their legal representation. He also calls on the authorities to develop alternatives to institutional care for adults with disabilities, to further the deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities and investigate all allegations of abuses of institutionalised children.