Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
CHRUSP is involved in treaty processes in the UN and in the Organization of American States working on the rights of older persons. There has been a serious disconnect between those processes and the disability movement. We hope and expect that the resulting treaties will maintain the CRPD standards - particularly on legal capacity and right to live in the community. The disability community also needs to play a role. See more.
UPDATE: Human Rights Committee asks United States to defend its practice of forced psychiatry, question 15 in the List of Issues
Here are questions we suggest Committee to ask the U.S.
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CHRUSP along with six other organizations - Law Project for Psychaitric Rights (PsychRights), Voices of the Heart, Campaign to Repeal Mental Health Laws, MindFreedom International, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the International Disability Alliance - submitted information to the Human Rights Committee for their List of Issues to be developed on the United States (questions that they would like the U.S. government to address further).
This is a part of the periodic reporting process under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a human rights treaty ratified by the United States.
Read our submission here. There will also be a more detailed report submitted in August with suggested recommendations for the Committee to address to the U.S. government.
Dec 4: More International solidarity:
Nov 27: Over 100 signers including Center for Constitutional Rights and US Human Rights Network OPPOSE the RUDs: Email, call, tweet your Senators "NO ratification with RUDs" or "Ratify without RUDs" Updated Signatures
Add your signature here!
Call for a unity message:
"Ratify the CRPD. Remove the RUDs."
OR as a compromise
"Ratify the CRPD. Remove the RUDs inserted by the Foreign Relations Commitee."
See blog post by CHRUSP President Tina Minkowitz explaining why.
See Fact Sheet produced by psychiatric survivors on CRPD rights not protected by the U.S.
If you are an individual seeking legal services to obtain your freedom from forced psychiatry, please see the resources available at http://psychrights.org (click on States/Countries in left-hand menu) and http://www.napas.org/en/when-to-contact-your-state-paa-cap.html.