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RC ZELDA launches the project on the development and implementation of the support person service

We are happy to announce that RC ZELDA has won the public procurement announced by the Ministry of Welfare on February 16, 2017 “Development of the description, organization and financing procedure for the support person service, implementation of the support … Continue reading

The RC Zelda’s experience in supported decision making was presented at the Council of Europe Conference in Cyprus

Published: 30.03.2017. On 27-28th March in Cyprus took place the conference “Human rights: a reality for all”, organized by the Council of Europe (CoE), that was aimed at presenting of the new EP strategy for the years 2017-2023 in the field … Continue reading

RC ZELDA has presented a thematic report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Latvia

Society RC ZELDA has presented a thematic report on the implementation of the rights of  persons with mental disabilities in Latvia to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report was produced in response to the … Continue reading

The inclusive education project on supported its decision-making is launched

Published on: 31.01.2017. RC ZELDA toghether with partner organizations from the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Great Britain, Slovakia and Spain is implementing the Project “Inclusive Direction in Education of Adults on Article 12”, financed by the ERASMUS+ program of the  European Commission. … Continue reading

RC ZELDA has completed the Pilot Project on Implementation of the Supported Decision Making in Latvia

In the context of the recent reforms in legislation and launching the deinstitutionalization process in the field of mental health, there is an urgent need for innovations in Latvian society. Being one of such innovations, supported decision making model is … Continue reading

RC ZELDA has published “Handbook: First Steps in Implementation of Supported Decision Making in Latvia”

The association “Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability “ZELDA” in the framework of project on implementation of the supported decision making model in Latvia, as a part of the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism Grants 2009 – 2014 … Continue reading

Supported decision making – bringing change to lives of people with mental disabilities

In the context of the recent reforms in legislation and launching the deinstitutionalization process in the field of mental health in Latvia, there is an urgent need for innovations in Latvian society. Being one of such innovations, supported decision making … Continue reading

The European Parliament has published the Country Report on Latvia for the Study on Member States’ Policies for the Children with Disabilities

The study looks at the situation of children with disabilities in Latvia to identify the gaps in the legal framework and its implementation, the obstacles faced by children with disabilities, and best practices. This country study was conducted as a … Continue reading

RC ZELDA participates in the conference on deinstitutionalization organized in the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Europe

On June 15, 2015 RC ZELDA participated in the conference “Deinstitutionalization Practices and Further Development of Social Care Policy in Europe”. RC ZELDA director Ieva Leimane-Veldmeijere led the 2nd plenary session “Good practice as a precondition for successful deinstitutionalization process” … Continue reading

Study conducted by RC ZELDA “Access to Justice for Children with Mental Disabilities in Latvia”

In the period from May 2013 to May 2015, the “Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability “ZELDA”” (RC ZELDA) in collaboration with nine other European Union member states[1] conducted an EU-funded study on access to legal assistance resources for … Continue reading

Study visit to Czech Republic was carried out, to explore supported decision making model in the Czech Republic

Representatives of the NGO “Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities “ZELDA”” from 3 – 6 February visited Czech Republic to exchange experience with project partners QUIP. RC ZELDA got acquainted with pilot project of QUIP and other projects on supported … Continue reading

Rights to Family Life for Persons with Mental Disabilities

RC ZELDA with the support of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Latvia and the Open Society Foundations has carried out a study on what support municipalities offer to parents with mental disabilities so they can continue raising their children – … Continue reading

RC ZELDA has started the pilot project of supported decision making

Since 1 September 2014 the association “Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability” “ZELDA”” has been implementing the “Pilot Project for Introduction of Supported-Decision Making in Latvia”. The project is funded in the framework of the Program “European Economic Area … Continue reading

The Accessibility and Costs of mental health and social care community-based services compared to institutional care in Latvia (2004 – 2011)

Authors: Linda Bērziņa, Georgiana Gheorghe, Ieva Leimane–Veldmeijere, Annija Mazapša, Santa Skirmante The report is published by the Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability “ZELDA” with the financial support of the Open Society Foundations. The report is published within the … Continue reading

ZELDA has submitted the thematic report on the rights of people with mental disabilities in Latvia to the UN Human Rights Committee

ZELDA has submitted the thematic report on the rights of people with mental disabilities in Latvia to the UN Human Rights Committee. The report was submitted as the reaction to Committee’s plan to adopt list of issues for Latvia regarding … Continue reading

Modernizing the Institute of Legal Capacity, the Latvian Parliament Adopts Extensive Legislative Amendments.

The Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability “Zelda” welcomes the amendments made to Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law and Law on Orphan’s Courts by the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia. These amendments will change the process by which … Continue reading

Application versus Latvia concerning unlawful restriction of liberty for person with mental disabilities has been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights

Today with support of Association “Resource Centre for People with Mental Disabilities “ZELDA” (hereinafter – RC ZELDA) the application concerning unlawful restriction of liberty for person with mental disabilities was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The … Continue reading

Research Paper – “Access to Employment and Education” has been completed by ZELDA intern Naila Kirimova (Azerbaijan)

On April 2012 ZELDA welcomed an intern from Azerbaijan-Naila Kirimova- within the Open Society Human Rights Internship/2012 project, funded by the Human Rights and Governance Grants Program of the Open Society Foundations. During her 3.5 months work with ZELDA Naila carried … Continue reading

ZELDA welcomes new intern to its team

Starting with April 2012 ZELDA  welcomed an intern from Azerbaijan-Naila Kirimova- within the Human Rights and Governance Grants Program of the Open Society Foundations.Naila has a law degree from the Baku State University and obtained an LLM in International Human … Continue reading

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Issue Paper on “The right of people with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community”, Strasbourg, 13 March 2012

On 13 of March 2012, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published the issue paper “The right of people with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.” It has been developed in consultation with a … Continue reading

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Issue Paper on the right to legal capacity of people with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities, Strasbourg 20 February 2012

On 20 February 2012, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg has published an issue paper on the right to legal capacity of people with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities. “This Issue Paper describes the challenges faced by … Continue reading

Opinion concerning the amendments to Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law regarding legal capacity

On 24 November 2011 RC Zelda submitted to the Parliament Legal Affairs Committee its opinion concerning the amendments to Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law regarding legal capacity. It was drafted as a consequence of the organizations’ dissatisfaction with the … Continue reading

The Constitutional Court of Latvia has adopted a decision in RC “ZELDA” client’s J.F. case

On 28 December 2010 the Constitutional Court of Latvia adopted a judgement in the RC “ZELDA’s” represented client’s J.F. case on compliance of Article 358 and Article 364 of the Civil Law with Article 96 of the Constitution of the … Continue reading

The Latvian Parliament (Saeima) has adopted a law which ratifies Optional Protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 3 June 2010 the Saeima adopted a law (On Optional Protocol of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) in accordance with which Latvia adopts and ratifies the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights … Continue reading

On 28 of May 2010 the RC “ZELDA” in cooperation with MDAC organized a training seminar for the Latvian judges, prosecutors and attorneys

  On 28 of May 2010 the Resource Center “ZELDA” in cooperation with the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) organized a training seminar for the Latvian judges, prosecutors and attorneys entitled “Human Rights Standards in Court Proceedings against People with … Continue reading

The Constitutional Court has initiated a case about the Civil Law’s Article 358 and 364’s compliance with Article 96 of the Constitution

On April 28 2010 the Constitutional Court declared admissible “ZELDA’s” client J.’s petition about the Civil Law’s Article 358 and 364 compliance with Article 96 of the Constitution. The petitioner, who be­cause of intellectual disability has been incapacitated for several years, … Continue reading

On April 2010 the Resource Center “ZELDA” published its latest Newsletter

  On April 2010 the Resource Center “ZELDA” published its latest Newsletter which is available here. It covers issues such as: the key developments in mental disability advocacy from the second half of 2009 until March 2010; informed consent; applying Article … Continue reading

Anete Erdmane’s Masters Thesis will be published

Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law – http:// www.internationalconstitutionallaw.net through a selection process has chosen to publish Anete Erdmane’s Masters Thesis, Liberty behind closed doors…? Involuntary placement and medical treatment in psychi­atric institutions from the human rights perspective.

“ZELDA” has been admitted to the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency’s NGO platform

At the beginning of 2010 the European Fundamental Rights Agency admitted “ZELDA” to their NGO platform, where NGOs have the opportunity to participate in the creation of fundamental rights’ policy on the EU level.

A new staff researcher Georgiana Gheorghe (Romania) has joined RC “ZELDA”

Resource Centre “ZELDA” was one of the region’s human rights and advocacy organizations where recent graduates of Masters and LL.M. programs in the social sciences, law, and humanities in the frame­work of the Internship Initiative of the Open Society Institute, … Continue reading

“ZELDA” has moved to new premises

Because of the expansion in our work, since January 2010, RC “ZELDA” has  moved to larger premises. Our new address is Marupes Street 4-31, our phone/fax stays the same: +371 67442828. We kindly re­mind that “ZELDA” continues to provide free … Continue reading

The Director of RC “ZELDA” has completed, with Distinction, the one year further education program

Ieva Leimane Veldmeijere, the director of RC ZELDA, has completed, with Distinction, the one year further education program for the International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights offered by the Indian Law Society and the World Health Organization. The course ran … Continue reading

RC ZELDA signs cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Welfare

On September 25 2009, RC ZELDA joined 12 other social organizations in signing a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Welfare (MW). RC ZELDA and MW will collaborate on social inclusion, social assistance, care, rehabilitation as well as other issues. … Continue reading

ZELDA receives accreditation to participate in the member states’ conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The second annual UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities member states’ conference was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York from September 2 – 4 2009. The discussion focused on issues relating to legal capacity … Continue reading

A new staff lawyer begins work at RC “ZELDA”

  Following the end of the partnership with our previous staff lawyer Liene Šulce, RC ZELDA welcomes staff lawyer Anete Erdmane to our team. Anete has recently obtained a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (European Inter-European Centre for … Continue reading

RC ZELDA and RAKUS Patients’ Ombudsman organize Patients’ Rights Day

  The third annual Patients’ Rights Day was marked in Latvia on April 17, 2009. RC Zelda and the RAKUS Patients’ Ombudsman organization held a conference with the support of the Public Health Agency and the Active Citizenship Network.  A total of … Continue reading

RC “ZELDA” receives funding for a new project

Since January 2009, RC “ZELDA” has been implementing a project entitled “Development of Advocacy Tools for Users of Mental Health Services in Latvia”, under the EEZ and the Norwegian government bilateral financial instrument NGO fund grant scheme “NGO Project Programme”. … Continue reading

“ZELDA” joins the European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL).

In November 2007 Resource Centre "ZELDA" joined the Brussels based European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL), which is a Europe-wide initiative working towards the social inclusion of people with disabilities by promoting the provision of comprehensive, quality community based services as … Continue reading