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zavodUnion SUMERO and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, with the aim of showing the reality of living in institutions for persons with intellectual disabilities, organizes the public event Spend 24 hours in an institution.

The event was  held from 03. to 04.11.2011. Beginning at 12h, plateau BBI Centre, at the Children of Sarajevo Square, and it last for 24 hours.

To be able to inform the public with the conditions in institution this event will improvise a room from an institution with all its' elements: overcrowding and up to 20 bunk beds, without personality and decorations.

In BiH there are  6 large institutions where 2000 persons are living, from which 120 are children.  „The rooms where the service users are accommodated are overcrowded, and the beds are often placed as bunk beds, so that it cannot be spoken about a standard of 4m2 per person, which is requested for persons who are serving sentences in prisons. There is a conclusion that persons with intellectual disabilities are placed in much worse conditions than prisoners, who committed crimes.“1 (Ombudsman Special report on the situation of human rights in the institutions for accommodation of mentally disabled persons, 2009)

To this event will be invited all those who want to contribute with their presence to raise public awareness about the violation of human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and psychic disabilities, on a way to spent as much time as they can, half an hour or 24 hours in a improvised room of a institution.

This activity is supported by the European Union, UNDP, Foundation for social inclusion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Open Society Mental Health Initiative and the Lottery BiH.

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