Rights body says government failing to ensure people with psychosocial disabilities aren’t kept in inhumane conditions. Human Rights Watch submits the following information regarding Ghana’s implementation of recommendations it accepted through its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2017, as well as information about additional international human rights obligations and issues not addressed in the 2017 review.

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Committee) ahead of its consideration of a List of Issues for the upcoming review of Ghana. This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Ghanaian government’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).This report describes how thousands of people with mental disabilities are forced to live in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers, often against their will and with little possibility of challenging their confinement. In psychiatric hospitals, people with mental disabilities face overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across the world.Hundreds of people with real or perceived mental health conditions remain chained or confined in prayer camps in Ghana, despite some progress, one year after the government pledged to enforce a ban on shackling, Human Rights Watch said today on World Mental Health Day.  .

Ghana: Monitor Mental Health Facilities

. The Ugandan government has failed to hold to account security officials who have unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of government critics, opposition supporters, peaceful protesters, and others, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the “Committee”) ahead of its upcoming review of Indonesia. This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Indonesian government’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).People in Ghana resort to shackling people with psychosocial disabilities because they see no alternatives. It is high time for the government to invest in community-based mental health services so people with psychosocial disabilities can get the support they want, instead of ending up in shackles.

Mali government security agents allegedly tortured six men who were held incommunicado in unauthorized detention facilities in September and October 2021.We write in advance of the 73rd session of the Committee’s review of the Republic of Iraq’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Punishment.Investigators visited graves and detention and torture centres, and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses.Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the “Committee”) ahead of its upcoming review of the Philippines. This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Philippine government’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It proposes issues and questions that Committee members may wish to raise with the government of the Philippines. This submission includes information on the shackling of people with psychosocial disabilities and protection of education from attack during armed conflict.

. The Mental Health Authority of Ghana has taken steps to release 16 people, including two girls, held in shackles at Nyakumasi Prayer Camp, a spiritual healing center in the Central Region. Those freed, some of whom have mental health conditions, were taken to nearby Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital on June 30, 2017.Paris condemns Tehran for airing a video of a French couple, who say they are spies of French intelligence service.Globally, an estimated 792 million people or 1 in 10 people, including 1 in 5 children, have a mental health condition. Gender is a major factor.

Cameroon: Army Killings, Disappearances, in North-West Region

Cameroonian soldiers summarily killed at least 10 people and carried out a series of other abuses between April 24 and June 12, during counter-insurgency operations in the North-West region.The law took 10 years to pass and provides protections to victims of sexual violence including in abusive marriages.Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children across 60 countries are chained, simply for having a #mentalhealth condition. We can end this inhumane practice and restore dignity. Join me to #BreakTheChains: break-the-chains.org. Human Rights Watch report says hundreds of thousands with mental illness forced to live in filthy rooms, sheds or cages.When Akanni’s mother died in early 2018, she stopped eating for three weeks. Her mood became unpredictable; she was often shouting or sulking angrily. Medicine from a local pharmacist didn’t help. At a loss for what to do to handle the trauma, Akanni’s father took her to a church in Abeokuta, Ogun state, in Nigeria. And then he left her there.Appointment of veteran politician comes after security forces clear anti-government protest site in Colombo.

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Committee) ahead of its upcoming review of Bangladesh. This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Bangladesh government’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).Human Rights Watch respectfully submits this brief in contribution to the African Union’s efforts to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms on the continent.Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Human Rights Committee (the “Committee”) ahead of its upcoming review of the Philippines. This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Philippine government’s compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).Prime Minister steps down as protests continue against a deal he signed with the military following a coup in October.

This briefing paper draws on the work of our organizations over the last decade and credible secondary sources, including UN reports. It proposes ten priorities that should form the basis of a comprehensive human rights agenda that are based on South Sudan’s existing obligations in the Bill of Rights, international and regional law treaties, customary law, and the human rights reforms in the R-ARCSS.Human Rights Watch said people were chained and faced physical and sexual violence in both state and religious centres. The far-right neo-Nazi group has expanded to be part of Ukraine’s armed forces, a street militia and a political party.