CONF: Human rights in mental health / by Erich Kofmel

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at the request of the UN Human Rights Council, will be organizing a consultation on "Identifying strategies to promote human rights in mental health", 14-15 May 2018, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Rationale: "The Human Rights Council in its resolution 36/13 [...], recognised that persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with mental health conditions, and mental health users face widespread discrimination, stigma, prejudice, violence, abuse, social exclusion and segregation, unlawful or arbitrary institutionalization, overmedicalization and treatment practices that fail to respect their autonomy, will and preferences. In order to address these human rights violations, the Council decided to hold a one day and a half consultation on mental health and human rights [...]

"The consultation will benefit from practitioners from all regions who will present their practices and share their experiences on how they are moving to a human rights-based approach to mental health.

"Participants to the consultation can participate from the floor [audience], presenting their own practices or sharing good practices. The meeting will be open to all interested participants."

Please let us know if you or someone from your organization or network would like to participate in the consultation on behalf of Autistic Minority International, or if you are aware of or involved in any "good practices" with regard to strengthening the human rights of autistic persons in mental health settings that you would like us to share. Contact:

Unfortunately, no funding for travel and/or accommodation is available.

[Update 25 April 2018: Registration is now open:

They ask for a letter from the registrant's organization. Please let us know if you need a letter from Autistic Minority International.]