Somaliland: Tackle Abuses against People with Mental Disabilities


photoHuman Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to a news conference at 10:00 a.m. on Monday 26 October, at the Maan-Soor hotel in Hargeisa, for the release of a new report documenting abuses against people with mental disabilities, including abusive restraints, beatings, involuntary treatment, overcrowding in private and public health centers. The report, based on a year of research, including visits to eight public and private mental health institutions, calls on the Somaliland government to immediately prohibit abusive practices, and work towards establishing voluntary community-based services for people with mental disabilities.

What: Release of Human Rights Watch report, “Chained Like Prisoners’: Abuses Against People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Somaliland

Who: Laetitia Bader, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch
Abdirisak Mohamed Warsame, GRT Mental Health Project Manager
When: Monday 26 October
10:00 a.m.

Where: Maan Soor Hotel
Room: Hoodaale 3

For more information, to confirm your participation and to schedule interviews, please RSVP to: In Nairobi, Abdullahi Abdi (English, Somali): + 254 722 781 466 or

The full report is embargoed until the news conference. A condensed version of the report containing a summary and recommendations will be available in Somali.


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