Governments urged to end harmful institutionalization

disabled man at an exhibition on the plight of the Roma and Sinti minorities in Central and Eastern Europe

disabled man at an exhibition on the plight of the Roma and Sinti minorities in Central and Eastern Europe

More than a million children and adults in Europe and Central Asia are living in long-term residential care, according to a recent UN report.

Hundreds of thousands of babies with disabilities are routinely placed in state-run homes.

Many suffer neglect and live in appalling conditions, the report says.

The UN's Children's Fund and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights are urging their governments to end the practice of placing young children and infants in State-managed homes.

Jan Jarab, from the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe in Brussels tells Patrick Maigua why he calls those in institutional care "the forgotten Europeans."

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