Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
Join this exciting initiative to support CRPD Articles 12 and 14, and the CRPD Committee's interpretations establishing an absolute prohibition of commitment and forced treatment. Participants will write a blog post addressing the significance of the absolute prohibition from perspective of survivors, allies, concerned citizens of the world. Target date is March 29, 2016, opening date of 15th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Jolijn Santegoeds presentation to NGO briefing on EU list of issues: Priority_issues_of_ENUSP_EDF_for_LOI_on_EU.docx
WNUSP side event "CRPD Article 15: Its Potential to End Impunity for Torture in Psychiatry" materials:
Alternatives and Deprivation of Liberty (Jolijn Santegoeds)
Experience of Forced Psychiatric Drugging and Electroshock (NN, man 45, Norway)
Remedies, Redress and Guarantees of Non-repetition (Hege Orefellen)
Torture Criteria Applied to Forced Psychiatry (Tina Minkowitz
References (Tina Minkowitz)
This is the current version of reservations, understandings and declarations (RUDs) to the CRPD approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as of July 28. They can keep on adding more in the hope of getting enough Republican votes to pass the full Senate - while Republicans play a cat and mouse game and keep the treaty from being passed.
RUDs mean that people with disabilities will get little or no benefit from the treaty and it will be an undeserved claim to leadership by the United States. US participation in the CRPD may even have a detrimental effect as it will work for lower rather than higher standards.
CHRUSP is excited to be part of a shadow report (pdf) (word) to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that condemns forced psychiatry and psychiatric abuse against African Americas as intersecting discrimination based on race and disability, making the link between psychiatry, racism and eugenics. Please read and distribute widely.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has issued a General Comment on Article 12, saying that mental capacity cannot justify a removal of legal capacity and that we have legal capacity at all times including in crisis situations. It declares that forced psychiatric interventions always violate Article 12 and infringe the right to be free from torture and ill-treatment. Read here
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has stated explicitly that Article 14 on liberty and security of the person prohibits detention in any kind of a mental health facility. Please see the Concluding Observations on Austria, El Salvador, Australia and Sweden available on the Resources page of this website.
See my affidavit in a U.S. court case for a summary of the CRPD standards prohibiting forced psychiatry including mental health detention.
Contrary to what other disability advocates are saying, CRPD requires deep and meaningful changes in U.S. law - in particular to abolish laws that allow commitment and forced treatment in mental health.
Sign petition to U.S. Senate and invite others!
Letter sent to Senate Foreign Relations Committee June 11, 2013