The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities effectively prohibits guardianship, psychiatric detention and forced treatment, and adopts a support model of legal capacity as the alternative. The Special Rapporteur on Torture says that forced psychiatric interventions may constitute torture or ill-treatment. In this workshop, Tina Minkowitz, one of the drafters of the CRPD, explains the new paradigm of legal capacity and the relevance of the international framework on torture, and will suggest ways that U.S. activists, advocates, and lawyers can bring the CRPD standards into domestic law.
This teleconference is part of the USNUSP "Community Education and Skill-Building Initiative," a series of teleconferences designed to help users and survivors of psychiatry to build the skills and knowledge for effective human rights activism.
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