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Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Area of Advocacy: Human Rights
Organization: Secretariat of the Government Council for Human Rights
Lucie Ripova currently works with the Secretariat of the Czech Government Council for Human Rights as CPT Liaison Officer of the Czech Republic and Secretary to the Committee Against Torture and the Committee of Biomedicine. Prior to this, she was Vice President and Director of the Czech Association for Mental Health in Prague, an organization that supports the development of modern, humane, and community-oriented approaches to caring for the mentally disabled in the country.
As a PILnet International Fellow, Lucie worked on a project to systemically address the human rights of the mentally disabled through public education, legislative reform and legal advocacy. Upon returning to Prague, she joined the Centre for Mental Health Care to advocate for and advise the mentally disabled, as well as head up a project to develop a network of service providers that is specially trained in mental health issues.