As the year ends, I find myself becoming interested in going deeper, exploring the underlying thoughts, feelings and intuitions that lie underneath a human rights analysis that can sometimes sound dry and boring. This year one of the most interesting things I did was complete an article about my work on the Disability Convention, and I found that it was a new kind of writing for me that allowed me to express more of what I really want people to know. I am hoping to do more of this in the coming year, to go beyond legal writing to something that blends the legal tools with underlying values and beliefs.
I am also moving towards actualizing the plan to make concrete recommendations for laws compliant with CRPD Article 12 on legal capacity. Apparently as a licensed attorney I should be able to use a nearby university law library to do the research that is the first step.
Working together with the community of users and survivors of psychiatry to use the human rights tools in practice is another goal for 2010. CHRUSP will be participating in the Universal Periodic Review process in the Human Rights Council when the United States comes under review, and hopes to coordinate a Disability cluster report in addition to raising the issues most important to users and survivors.
CHRUSP thanks all of its supporters for getting us off to a great start in our first year of existence and hopes for an even better 2010. Please stay in touch and let us know how we can continue to grow.