For the field of mental illness and psychological disabilities and psychiatry as a whole, discussion is focussed on Articles 14-17 of the UN-CRPD, which deal with personal freedom and personal safety. In addition this section deals with protection from torture, cruel and humiliating treatment and physical integrity. The question of whether and to what extent coercive measures such as compulsory hospitalisation or involuntary treatment are permissible, is hotly disputed. This discussion is unsettling for many people who are involved with the psychiatric system: persons who are mentally ill, relatives, treatment givers and carers.
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Twelve political demands from social psychiatric associations
01.07.2013 – From the Joint Statement of the associations and organisations under the umbrella “Kontaktgespräch Psychiatrie” published in May 2012 on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a catalogue of demands was created and sent to political decision-makers.
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Statement of the associations under the umbrella “Kontaktgespräch Psychiatrie” on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The 12 associations and organisations amalgamated under the umbrella “Kontaktgespräch Psychiatrie” make a joint statement on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD) ratified by Germany in 2009 (UN-CRPD).
The associations are doing this in light of the fact that in the political and social debate provoked and encouraged by the UN-CRPD the perspectives and specific requirements of persons suffering mental illnesses / psychological disabilities have not been sufficiently considered up to now. The associations are also making a statement of opinion on the recent first national report of the Federal Government and the Federal Government’s National Action Plan (NAP). Both documents are central to application of the UN-CRPD in Germany.