Ghana: People With Mental Disabilities Face Serious Abuse


In an 84-page report titled Like a Death Sentence, Human Rights Watch accuses the Ghanaian government of doing little to combat abuses of people with mental disabilities. The report alleges that they face overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in psychiatric hospitals, and are often chained to trees at spiritual healing centers.

People with presumed mental disabilities at a spiritual healing center

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  • Ghana: Commitment to Disabled, Mentally Ill Assured

    Public Agenda, 24 August 2012

    The announcement by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs on August 21, 2012 of Ghana's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with ... read more »

  • Ghana: Ghana Ratifies Disability Rights Convention

    HRW, 22 August 2012

    The announcement by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs on August 21, 2012, of Ghana's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with ... read more »

  • Southern Africa: Fighting for Disability Rights

    OSISA, 18 July 2012

    In May this year, I was one of six people who spent two days at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria interviewing shortlisted candidates in order to select the ... read more »

  • Africa: UN - Set Plan for Women, Children With Disabilities

    HRW, 11 September 2012

    Governments meeting at the United Nations about the needs of women and children with disabilities should develop a clear plan of action to promote and uphold their rights, Human ... read more »

  • Gambia: Mental Health Stakeholders' Council Launched

    Daily Observer, 28 August 2012

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with the Mental Health Leadership Advocacy Programme recently launched the Mental Health Stakeholders' Council, at a ceremony ... read more »