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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13, 2006, and entered into force on May 3, 2008.  WNUSP was very happy with the resulting text.  We will be updating these materials as soon as possible.

News update

Two important documents have come out from the United Nations that support WNUSP's advocacy.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak says, "The acceptance of involuntary confinement and involuntary treatment runs counter to the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" and that these practices may constitute torture or ill-treatment.

Read the report and materials from an expert seminar on torture and persons with disabilities, including a presentation by WNUSP co-chair Tina Minkowitz

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/torture.htm

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says, "Deprivation of liberty based on disability is contrary to international human rights law, is intrinsically discriminatory, and is therefore unlawful.  Such unlawfulness also extends to situations where additional grounds - such as the need for care, treatment and the safety of the person or the community - are used to justify deprivation of liberty."  OHCHR interviewed WNUSP members Myra Kovary and Karl Bach Jensen about their personal experiences of detention, in connection with Dignity and Justice for Detainees Week, Oct. 6 - 12, 2008.

Read the Information Note on Persons with Disabilities in Detention and other materials

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/DetaineesWeekInitiative.aspx

Links

UN Enable website

OHCHR disability website

IDA CRPD Forum

Convention text

PDFThe Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations

WNUSP Inplementation Manual

PDF Implementation Manual
Word Implementation Manual

PDFCover Letter
Word Cover Letter

Position papers

Position paper on the principles for the protection of persons with mental illness
The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) voted at its July 2001 General Assembly in Vancouver to call for the United Nations General Assembly to revoke the Principles.
Read the paper here.

Additional Resources

Submission by the European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, International Disability Alliance, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, and the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture on his upcoming thematic paper on torture in the context of healthcare

Executive summary of the submission by ENUSP, IDA, MDAC, and WNUSP to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture on his upcoming thematic paper on torture in the context of healthcare

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Day of General Discussion on CRPD Article 12

International Disability Alliance Written Submission to the Day of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Introduction to WNUSP

Joint Submission to Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Accessibility

Norms and Implementation of CRPD Article 12

OPCAT monitoring of psychiatric institutions and related issues in other forms of detention: CRPD Framework

Psychosocial disability

Submission to Second Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting on the Review of the Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners

Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities and the Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners

What Next? Recommendations for the Special Rapporteur on Torture to Promote the Abolition of Forced Psychiatric Interventions and Comprehensive Reparation

Submission to the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture for Thematic Discussion on Mental Health and Places of Deprivation of Liberty 22-23 February 2012

WNUSP_amendments_to_Essex_document.pdf

Legal Capacity as Right, Principle and Paradigm: Submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in response to its Call for Papers on theoretical and practical implementation of Article 12

A Discussion Paper on Policy Issues at the Intersection of the Mental Health System and the Prison System

Recognizing Forced and Coerced Psychiatric Interventions Against Women, Men and Children as a Harmful Cultural Practice

Submission on the application of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to disability-based detention and institutionalisation, as informed by related provisions in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

WNUSP Statement on Review of the Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners

WNUSP Submission on Revision of the Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners

WNUSP and CHRUSP Joint Submission* to OHCHR Study on Violence Against Women With Disabilities

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child for General Comment on the Right to Health

Submission for OHCHR Thematic Study on Political Participation

Notes: CRPD Overview by Myra Kovary

PDFThe United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to be Free from Nonconsensual Psychiatric Interventions, by Tina Minkowit

Word The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to be Free from Nonconsensual Psychiatric Interventions, by Tina Minkowit

PDFInternational Disability Alliance (IDA) Position Paper on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other Instruments
Word International Disability Alliance (IDA) Position Paper on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other Instruments

IDA CRPD Forum Principles for the Implementation of Article 12

PDFContribution to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ from IDA CRPD Forum
Word Contribution to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ from IDA CRPD Forum