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




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Laura works as a peer specialist in the traditional mental health system and writes a blog at madinamerica.com, where she is sharing her story of recovery from psychiatry. After living with psychiatric labels for 13 years and taking psychotropic medications for ten of them, Laura says she found liberation in 2010 from her psychiatric diagnoses, from her reliance upon the mental health system, and from the once deep-seated belief that she was sentenced to a life-long "mental illness." Laura says, "I am proud to be a member of the MindFreedom International community for all MFI does to promote equality, justice, and civil rights for people who have been labeled 'mentally ill.'" (See 'Related Content' links below for link to Mad In America web site where Laura's blogs.)
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