March 19, 2013
In the case D.G. against Poland (application no. 45705/07), the applicant alleged that the conditions of his detention had been incompatible with his disability. In February 2013, the European Court of Human Rights decided that Poland violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The outcome of the D.G. case will likely have impact on how States, not only Poland, view their obligations towards person with disabilities. The judgment may be key in ensuring a harmonized approach to this issue.
Prisoners depend, in all aspects of their daily lives and well-being, on the regime of the prison, its material conditions, services, and staff. In most prisons, however, disabled prisoners are exposed to significant inconveniences. Cells and common areas lack facilities accessible to them, bathrooms and showers are unadjusted to their special needs. This leads to a higher risk of injury. Due to security […]