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.

  • Ghana:  People With Mental Disabilities Face Serious Abuse

    Human Rights Watch, 2 October 2012

    People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers in Ghana, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The ... read more »

  • Ghana:  Misery of 'Prayer Camps' for Mentally Ill

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 4 October 2012

    Doris Appiah, 57, has bipolar disorder. In her early twenties, she was sent to an overcrowded psychiatric hospital followed by a "prayer camp" to be treated. She stayed there for ... read more »

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 (press release)

    Human Rights Watch, 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 (analysis)

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 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 (press release)

    Human Rights Watch, 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

    The 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 »