Campaign to Support CRPD Absolute Prohibition of Commitment and Forced Treatment

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Campaign to Support CRPD Absolute Prohibition of Commitment and Forced Treatment

Share your story about why this matters

One of the most common issues raised by consumers/survivors is the loss of fundamental human rights caused by involuntary commitment to psychiatric hospitals and forced treatment.

The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry is launching an international campaign on 29 March called:

Campaign to Support CRPD Absolute Prohibition of Forced Treatment and Involuntary Commitment

The campaign is timed to coincide with the opening day of the 15th session of the international Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This new page was created by Consumers Australia so that Australian consumers/survivors can join the international campaign.

Send your submissions by 27 March, and earlier if you can. Just use the form at the bottom of this page.


How to get involved:

Wherever you are in Australia, if you have a story to share about why there should be an international and absolute prohibition on involuntary commitment and forced treatment, and you want to share it with the world, this is the place to do it. The international campaign will link back to this site.

Write whatever you want or need to say, and check out these guidelines to help focus your story. Don’t feel limited to writing, either. Share music or artwork as well if you want.

To share your story with Consumers Australia just fill in the form at the bottom of the page. Your submission will be uploaded on the site within 48 – 72 hours, and we’ll email you when it’s done.


More about commitment and forced treatment:

butterfly_jarAcross Australia, every day, people in mental health services are locked up against our will, given powerful and potentially dangerous medications by force, given electro-convulsive therapy (ECT, or shock therapy) that can permanently erase our memories, and locked into seclusion rooms and restraints.

These forced treatments are allowed through mental health legislation in every state and territory. What many consumers may not realise is that these acts, and their consequences, are contrary to international human rights protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Even though Australia seems to be not compliant with the CRPD, its existence has given many of us hope that one day we can improve our rights. This report by the United Nations about Australia’s lack of compliance with the CRPD has been read and shared by many consumers:

33. The Committee is further concerned that under Australian law a person can be subjected to medical intervention against his or her will, if the person is deemed to be incapable of making or communicating a decision about treatment.

34. The Committee recommends that the State party repeal all legislation that authorizes medical intervention without the free and informed consent of the persons with disabilities concerned, committal of individuals to detention in mental health facilities, or imposition of compulsory treatment, either in institutions or in the community, by means of Community Treatment Orders.


35. The Committee is concerned that persons with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual impairment or psychosocial disability, are subjected to unregulated behaviour modification or restrictive practices such as chemical, mechanical and physical restraints and seclusion, in various environments, including schools, mental health facilities and hospitals.

36. The Committee recommends that the State party take immediate steps to end such practices, including by establishing an independent national preventive mechanism to monitor places of detention — such as mental health facilities, special schools, hospitals, disability justice centres and prisons —, in order to ensure that persons with disabilities, including psychosocial disabilities, are not subjected to intrusive medical interventions.

Office of the High Commissioner, United Nations. Concluding observations on the initial report of Australia, adopted by the Committee at its tenth session. 2-13 September 2013. Download here.


But now it seems that even the CRPD may be at risk of failing to address our needs. This campaign aims to remind the United Nations that the rights of people diagnosed with mental illness matter.


Stories, posts and images will go here.

Send your submissions as soon as you can by filling in the form at the bottom of this page, and by 27 March 2016 at the latest!



Absolute Prohibition on Forced Treatment: Campaign Submissions

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