* Essential readings
*CRPD Article 15; see also Articles 12, 14, 16, 17, 25(d)
UN general legal standards on torture:
*Convention Against Torture, Art. 1
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Art. 7 and Human Rights Committee (ICCPR monitoring body) General Comment No. 20
Survivors and allies on forced psychiatry as torture:
*One or more of the following:
See also survivor testimonies and other writings for Absolute Prohibition Campaign
Reparation for serious human rights violations:
UN documents on forced psychiatry as torture:
1986 Report by Special Rapporteur on Torture P. Kooijmans (paragraph 119) (not readable to screen reader but relevant text will be provided in lecture ppt)
*2008 Report by Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak (section III)
*2013 Report by Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez (sections III, IV A, D and E, and V)
*CRPD General Comment No. 1, para. 42
*CRPD Guidelines on Article 14, para 12
CRPD General Comment No. 3 (on women with disabilities), paras 10, 17, 30-32, 43-47, 51, 53-55, 62(a).
Opposed to CRPD standard:
Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (UN expert body overseeing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture), Approach regarding treatment without free and informed consent
Lecture #2 (playback – note that it works on Firefox and Chrome browsers, may not work on others)
1-2 page reflection paper.
Discuss the value of framing forced psychiatric interventions as torture (or, as torture or other ill-treatment). What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this concept? How useful is it to secure an absolute prohibition of commitment and forced treatment?
(c) Tina Minkowitz 2017