Special Rapporteur on Torture calls for absolute ban on forced psychiatric interventions

March 11, 2013

The Special Rapporteur on Torture gave his statement presenting his report on torture in healthcare settings at the Human Rights Council. He is calling for an absolute ban on forced psychiatric interventions and for governments to repeal laws that allow compulsory mental health treatment. He also says that deprivation of liberty based on disability cannot be justified by a motivation to protect the person or others. This is a substantial step forward in protecting the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities to live free from abuse and discrimination that is being masked as help in the psychiatric system.

It can be accessed on the UN website at http://bit.ly/Y4QgAY and http://bit.ly/14LGqae
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Or you can use the links to where I have posted them on CHRUSP website (www.chrusp.org) http://bit.ly/WDflrN and http://bit.ly/WXJblq

With this statement he has corrected some problems that we found in the report itself. We will be urging the Special Rapporteur to update the formal report or issue some other document to make certain his positions are well understood and publicized. The report does call for an absolute ban on forced psychiatric interventions, but in some other respects it is not clear. It can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/WrEYYM