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EASPD joins forces to oppose draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention

EASPD together with 8 other organisations of persons with disabilities, are calling for the immediate withdrawal of the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention.
 
Since 2014, under the mandate received from member states of the Council of Europe, the DH-BIO Committee of the Council of Europe has been working on a draft additional protocol to the Convention concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of “persons with mental disorders”.
 
The protocol’s text and spirit violate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and if adopted, would greatly undermine the rights of persons with disabilities, lead to further institutionalisation and forced treatment practices and create a legal conflict between the obligations of States at the regional level (Council of Europe) and at the international level (United Nations).

Our opposition to the draft additional protocol is supported by international experts, such as:

  • • Commissioner of Human Rights of the Council of Europe
  • • Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • • UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • • UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health
  • • UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • • UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

EASPD urges states to focus on and develop alternative measures to forced treatment and institutionalisation, in collaboration with organisations of persons with disabilities.