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Human Rights

Human rights are at the core of Mental Health Europe’s work. Human rights violations can negatively impact mental health and the lives of people living with mental ill health and psychosocial disabilities.

Mental Health Europe’s work is underlined and guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) which states that people with disabilities, including people with psychosocial disabilities must fully enjoy their human rights.

Mental Health Europe monitors the implementation of the UN CRPD by the EU, to make sure European policies reflect and respect the obligations which the EU signed up to when it ratified the Convention in 2010 and the recommendations it received from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in September 2015.

Mental Health Europe also monitors the work of the Council of Europe through its participation in the Conference of International NGOs

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Our News about Human Rights

September 14, 2020

MHE’s reaction to the call for good practices on voluntary care by the DH Bioethics Committee of the Council of Europe

Collection of practices is promising, but to move towards full compliance with human rights DH-BIO needs to drop the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention.

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November 7, 2019

Vote for all: How co-production can improve the political participation of persons with disabilities?

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on how to improve the political participation of persons with disabilities

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October 28, 2019

Ending coercion, promoting human rights in mental healthcare

Please join us for an event to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December 2019

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September 26, 2019

MHE releases reflection paper on mental health and SDGs

This reflection paper analyses how SDGs contribute to a human rights dimension of mental health & what is the EU's role

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July 19, 2019

MHE updates Toolkit on the review process of the UN CRPD

You can use this toolkit as your reference with regards to the UN CRPD.

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June 26, 2019

MHE’s reaction to the Council of Europe’s resolution on ending coercion in mental health

On 26 June 2019, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly adopted resolution and recommendations on ending coercion in mental health. Mental Health Europe welcomes the adoption of this resolution.

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May 6, 2019

MHE Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis available in 4 new languages

Now available in English, French, German and Italian.

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April 9, 2019

MHE Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis available in 3 new languages

Now available in English, French, German and Italian.

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March 7, 2019

MHE’s Webinar on the upcoming European Elections

Discussing campaign strategies and key objectives.

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March 6, 2019

UN CRPD: Article 29 – Participation in political and public life

Focus on the right to vote 

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October 31, 2018

MHE Response to the Lancet Commission Report on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

A response which includes analysis and recommendations.

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October 16, 2018

Livestream | Press Briefing Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe

Press briefing on our Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe report.

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September 25, 2018

CRPD Committee calls on States Parties to oppose the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention

The Committee considers the draft Additional Protocol to be in violation of several articles of the CRPD.

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September 17, 2018

MHE launches Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis

The guide is for anyone seeking help from a doctor, psychiatrist or other health professional.

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September 5, 2018

20th session of CRPD Committee marks disability rights milestone

It is 10 years since the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came into effect.

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September 4, 2018

Oviedo Convention: Bulgaria joins host of organisations objecting to Additional Protocol

Now that Bulgaria has objected to the draft, joining Portugal in expressing opposition, MHE and other campaigners believe more states could follow suit.

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July 11, 2018

NGOs, academics and MEPs: Use future EU funding to promote human rights compliant mental health services

Mental health experts have called on the European Union (EU) to use the next round of EU funding to promote further reforms to mental health services.

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May 23, 2018

2019 European Parliament elections: it is time to show that the voices of all EU citizens count

Outdated laws mean 500,000 people could be denied the right to vote.

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May 16, 2018

Contribution arts. 4.3 and 33.3 of the CRPD

Contribution to the call for submissions from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the Draft General Comment No. 7 on articles 4 (3) and 33 (3)

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May 15, 2018

Drop the draft: MHE speaks out against Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention

Despite strong opposition, the Council of Europe continues negotiations on the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention.

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April 30, 2018

Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe

A very short summary of findings.

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April 24, 2018

Video Message from European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen for MHE Annual General Assembly

A video message highlighting the importance of mental health.

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April 24, 2018

Video message from EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis’ for MHE Annual General Assembly

There is no health without mental health.

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February 15, 2018

MHE video on Article 19 of the UNCRPD

MHE video on Article 19 of the UNCRPD

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January 16, 2018

Livestream | Press Briefing Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe

Press briefing on our Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe report.

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October 9, 2017

MHE’s reaction to the new EU return policies

Last week, the EU Commission published a set of recommendations to Member States on the return and detention of migrants and refugees.

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October 6, 2017

MHE toolkit on the right to work

MHE toolkit on Article 27 of the UN CRPD and the Right to Work

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June 6, 2017

MHE video on Article 27 of the UNCRPD

MHE video on Article 27 of the UNCRPD

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June 6, 2017

Statement of ENUSP and Mental Health Europe on Additional Protocol

Statement of ENUSP and Mental Health Europe on Additional Protocol

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January 22, 2017

MHE video clip on legal capacity

What does legal capacity mean for people with psychosocial disabilities?

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January 6, 2017

Position Paper on Article 12 of the UN CRPD – Legal Capacity

Position Paper on Article 12

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January 1, 2017

Presidency Scorecards

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November 1, 2016

Implementation Report of the UN CRPD

READ IMPLEMENTATION REPORT

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May 6, 2016

MHE video on Article 12 of the UNCRPD

This short animated video seeks to explain the UNCRPD's Article 12 and legal capacity.

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May 6, 2016

MHE’s submission to the consultation on the draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy

MHE’s submission to the consultation on the draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy

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February 6, 2016

Contribution Article 19 of the UN CRPD

Contribution Article 19 of the UN CRPD

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November 5, 2015

Response to the public consultation on the working document of the Oviedo Convention

Response to the public consultation

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November 1, 2015

Compulsory psychiatric treatment and its alternatives – the facts

Compulsory psychiatric treatment and its alternatives - the facts

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October 6, 2015

Mental Health Europe in Geneva for the EU-CRPD

Mental Health Europe in Geneva for the EU-CRPD review Let's use all means possible at EU level to guarantee equal rights.

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