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German Court Orders Protection of People with Disabilities in Triage Decisions

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Plenary session in the Bundestag in Berlin, January 12, 2022. © 2022 ddp images/Sipa via AP Images In a December 2021 ruling, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ordered lawmakers to protect people with disabilities against discrimination during medical triage decisions. Nine people with disabilities had filed a complaint with the court in June 2020 alleging that the absence of federal guidance on triage decisions left people with disabilities at risk of discrimination. The complaint related specifically to intensive care treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic.…


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