Tina Minkowitz: International Law and Mental Health Legislation

Thu, Mar 22, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Vancouver Public Library Central Branch

Tina Minkowitz represented the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in the drafting and negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons witih Disabilities. She served on the steering committee of the International Disability Caucus and was a member of the 40-person drafting group that created the official text of the treaty for negotiation. She is credited with much of the paradigm-shifting character of the CRPD in the areas of legal capacity, liberty and respect for integrity of the person. Ms. Minkowitz is an attorney admitted in the state of New York. She is a survivor of psychiatry and believes in the development of authentic user/survivor perspectives in human rights.
What are Canada’s obligations, and how are other countries taking up the challenge to psychiatric commitment and forced treatment. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2014 issued General Comment No. 1 on Article 12, saying that mental capacity cannot justify a removal of legal capacity and that we have legal capacity at all times including in crisis situations. It declares that forced psychiatric interventions always violate Article 12 and infringe the right to be free from torture and ill-treatment.
For more information, please call the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 604-261-7204 xt 0, or info@vancouverunitarians.ca 
Event is in the Alice McKay Room, lower level of the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library


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