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Thousands of People with Disabilities in Croatia Trapped in Institutions

Expand Restraints on a bed in Lopaca Psychiatric Hospital. Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch 2014. cc On December 3, the world celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. That includes Croatia, where the Zagreb city authorities are sponsoring an art exhibition and concert, and the city of Krapina will host a walk to raise awareness about disabilities. But for many people with disabilities in Croatia, it will be just one more day spent trapped and segregated from their communities in institutions across the country. Ivan, a 34-year-old man with a psychosocial disability,…

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