Judgment concerning the Republic of Moldova

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In the case of V.I. v. the Republic of Moldova the Court found several violations of the Convention.

The case concerned the placement of an orphan with a perceived mild intellectual disability in a psychiatric hospital against his will. He was under the care of the State at the time. At the end of what was supposed to be a three-week placement, he was left there for another four months, with nobody coming to visit or fetch him and being treated with neuroleptics and anti-psychotics.

The Court found that the existing Moldovan legal framework fell short of the State’s duty to establish and apply effectively a system providing protection to intellectually disabled persons in general, and to children without parental care in particular, against serious breaches of their integrity. 

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