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An announcement from MindFreedom about United Nations action regarding disability and human rights.

MFI and United Nations

John McCarthy of Ireland representing MindFreedom in UN.

Public Announcement about United Nations from MindFreedom Inernational


The International Disability Caucus (IDC), a consortium of more than 70 international, regional and national organizations of disability rights activists, welcomes and celebrates the completion of the work of the Ad Hoc Committee at the United Nations on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities. The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) and MindFreedom/Support Coalition International worked together as members of the IDC to advocate effectively for the right to self-determination, autonomy and legal capacity for all persons with disabilities, including persons with psychosocial/mental disabilities.

On December 13 at the United Nations in NY, the General Assembly is scheduled to formally adopt the International Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Please join us in celebrating this historic event.

Thank you,
Celia Brown, President &
MindFreedom UN Delegation Chair

Myra Kovary
UN Representative of MindFreedom International

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- end of announcement


For a new item about today's UN adoption of this important convention see: Reuters report on convention.




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Peter Lehmann, editor, author, psychiatric survivor activist

Peter Lehmann of Berlin, Germany serves as one of the MindFreedom International representatives with the United Nations, and is a long-term supporter of MindFreedom campaigns and activities. Peter is a psychiatric survivor who has worked passionately for decades in Germany, Europe and internationally with a variety of groups for significant change in the mental health system. Peter is editor and publisher of a variety of books challenging human rights violations in the mental health system and promoting alternatives. His most recent book (co-edited with Peter Stastny, MD) is called "Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry." This book provides chapters from 61 leaders in changing the mental health system, and is available in the MindFreedom Mad Market.
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