The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) is happy to invite you to celebrate several anniversaries with us.
25 years ago, in 1991, the first world-wide network of users and survivors of psychiatry began in Mexico, where a group of survivors gathered at the World Federation of Mental Health conference and formed the World Federation of Psychiatric Users (WFPU). The name was changed to World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, WNUSP, in 1997.
15 years ago, in 2001, the Initial Congress, the First General Assembly of WNUSP took place in Vancouver, Canada. The WNUSP Statutes were adopted and signed, and core values and principles of WNUSP were formulated and formally adopted in the WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper. Also, the WNUSP Board was elected, and several WNUSP resolutions were adopted, such as against Electroshock, on Mad Pride, and against Forced Treatments.
The WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper reflects the core values and principles of WNUSP, and formed the basis for advocacy by a group of WNUSP-members in the UN Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (2002-2004). The Final Report of the UN Ad Hoc Committee contained a draft resolution in the form of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was later adopted at the United Nations General Assembly at 13 December 2006, and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
WNUSP celebrates these milestone anniversaries, amongst others, by highlighting and reaffirming our commitment to the WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper, which is attached here.
The WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper originates from 1994, and was modified and formally adopted as a core position of WNUSP in 2001. Many of its points are in fact also in some form incorporated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is a huge milestone in WNUSPs history. The WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper represents our legacy, in the form of a strong and unified position of users/survivors from all over the world throughout decades.
Now, for the occasion of celebrating the milestone anniversaries in 2016, WNUSP is celebrating its continued commitment to the WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper, which is still a representative outline of WNUSPs core position in the present decade. Moreover, the WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper marks one of the most powerful moments in WNUSPs history, because this unified position truly empowered users/survivors in the drafting process of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which eventually led to the inclusion of the human rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the UN CRPD. Therefore, WNUSP is happy to celebrate the continued commitment to the WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper.
WNUSP is inviting everyone to join in the celebration-campaign, and to bring the WNUSP Human Rights Position Paper to the attention of the wider public.
With best regards,
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry