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New report on children with disabilities in Russia by HRW

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Our partner HRW published a new report documents how children with disabilities in Russian orphanages face abuse, neglect and isolation. The report (also in easy-to-read version) and video was released in Moscow this week.

HRW found that children with disabilities, who constitute nearly half of all children living in these institutions, are often denied contact with parents and relatives, and have little or no access to adequate nutrition, rehabilitation, education, recreation and play.

Recommendations push for the government and other actors to protect children in institutions from abuse and neglect, better support families raising children with disabilities, and move toward ending institutionalization of children with disabilities.

Video: Disabled Children Face Violence, Neglect in Russian Orphanages