Captive and invisible


Portraits of Ashia, Espe, Kibou, Themba, Amil, Deene, Raza and Umit

Millions of people are deprived of their liberty around the world, because of their disabilities. These are some of their stories.

Partnering with Fine Acts, we asked a group of artists to illustrate stories of persons with disabilities experiencing different forms of deprivation of liberty around the world. The result is this extraordinary series of illustrations. Although their names are not real, Amil, Aisha, Espe, Kibou, Nadia, Raza, Umit, Themba and Deene reflect stories of real women, children and men with disabilities, whose lives and freedom depend on governments around the world to enforce and protect their fundamental rights.

Themba: the chains of ignorance

Themba lies on a dirty floor, his right foot shackled and chained to the wall. He is in a “prayer camp”, where persons with disabilities are chained or caged, until the leader decides that their spirits are healed. He says that he does this because the state is not providing any support services, but no disability can justify confinement or chaining a person.

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Ending guardianship to leave no one behind: the right to legal capacity of people with disabilities

On June 12, at the UN Head Quarters, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN will host a CoSP Side event to discuss the advances made by Costa Rica and Peru to implement the Article 12 of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, to ensure the legal capacity of persons with disabilities. More...

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Persons with disabilities locked away

In dialogue with Human Rights Watch, the Special Rapporteur analyses the deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities around the world, and how the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities provides a roadmap for ensuring their fundamental rights.

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Questionnaire: The rights of older persons with disabilities

The study aims to identify and address specific human rights concerns faced by both people with disabilities who are ageing and older persons who acquire a disability.

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