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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe unanimously adopt Resolution and Recommendation on ending coercion in mental health

On the 26th June 2019 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) urged Council of Europe member States to “immediately start to transition to the abolition of coercive practices in mental health settings” with the adoption of a Resolution and Recommendation on ending coercion in mental health.

Speaking from Strasbourg, the Assembly said mental health systems across Europe “should be reformed to adopt a human rights-based approach which is [...] respectful of medical ethics and of the human rights of the persons concerned, including of their right to health care on the basis of free and informed consent.”

The release of this resolution and recommendation follows a recent overall increase in the use of involuntary measures in mental health settings. Earlier this year EASPD joined other civil society organisations to oppose draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention and speak out again the force treatment of individuals with disabilities. More recently, EASPD board member, Pep Solé, joined the European Disability Forum, Mental Health Europe and European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry at the Council of Europe’s Committee of Bioethics, to reiterate the need for the draft-protocol to the Oviedo Convention to be withdrawn.

EASPD welcomes the Resolution and Recommendation of PACE reiterates the need for Council of Europe member states to Council of Europe support the abolition of coercive practices in mental health settings.

To find out more and read the Resolution and Recommendation in full, click here.

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