Deprivation of Liberty and Psychiatry

In September 2013, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities took a definitive stand against psychiatric commitment in its Concluding Observations on El Salvador and Austria.  The Committee held that the “danger to self or others” standard cannot legitimize psychiatric detention, and that all legislation authorizing such detention must be repealed.  This is of huge significance.

Tina Minkowitz writes on UN Prohibition of Psychiatric Commitment: Review and Analysis

This follows another article that explains the Concluding Observations that confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that all mental health incarceration violates Article 14 of the CRPD.

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