Tina Minkowitz

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MAD LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS Tina Minkowitz is president and founder of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. She is a lawyer as well as a survivor activist and represented the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in the drafting and negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD

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Human Rights Updates - Mad In America

For those of you who follow me, there have been some changes in my life and circumstances that are relevant to some things going on in the movement and the world, and also some new documents coming out of the UN that I haven't reported yet to the survivor community and our allies. I will try to wrap up everything in a kind of end-of-year update, and hope to also make myself available for a phone/internet dialogue at some point.

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The U.N. Asks the U.S. to Defend its Use of Forced Drugging

The U.N. has asked the U.S. to clarify how forced psychiatric drugging complies with their obligations that no one is subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

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About us

The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) works for full human rights and legal capacity for all, an end to forced drugging, electroshock and psychiatric incarceration, and support that respects individual integrity and free will.

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UN: US Should "Generally Prohibit" Non-consensual Psychiatric Treatment - Mad In America

The Human Rights Committee, a UN committee of experts that monitors the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has issued a recommendation that the United States “generally” prohibit non-consensual psychiatric treatment, while going on to set out criteria for when “it may be applied, if at all.” It did not meet our expectations but marks progress. Keep our eyes on the prize: Use the recommendation to argue against any backsliding initiatives such as the Murphy Bill and the…

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Mis- (and Dis-) Information about UN Disability Convention - Mad In America

The November 5 hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations reached new heights of absurdity and opens new ground for concern. It may be worse for us to ratify with the reservations, understandings and declarations (RUDs) being proposed, and with the legislative record that is being created for the specific purpose of rejecting any application of the treaty's standards to US law than not to ratify at all. All the…

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Mis- (and Dis-) Information about UN Disability Convention - Mad In America

The November 5 hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations reached new heights of absurdity and opens new ground for concern. It may be worse for us to ratify with the reservations, understandings and declarations (RUDs) being proposed, and with the legislative record that is being created for the specific purpose of rejecting any application of the treaty's standards to US law than not to ratify at all. All the…

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Psychiatric Profiling as Blood Libel - Mad In America

We are seeing an increasing cycle of high-profile media stories linking an act of random multiple shooting to an allegation that the perpetrator is "mentally ill." We have to understand that it is nothing more than a libel. It cannot be debated rationally, and every time we have tried to point out the the absence of evidence for a statistical linkage, these rational arguments have no effect; instead they almost seem to add fuel to the fire. I want to point out something about how profiling…

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Public Comment to the National Council on Disability on its Engagement with CRPD - Mad In America

The National Council on Disability is holding an in-person public comment session on April 23 regarding its engagement with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I have submitted the following comments on behalf of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP).

PSYCHIATRIC PROFILING I believe in making sure that gun control is sensible but I dont want those with mental health diagnoses to be further discriminated against. Mental Health Diagnosis, Mental Health Recovery, Pro Gun, Constitutional Rights, Don't Speak, Gun Control, Psychiatry, Mental Illness, Grief

NCMHR Does Not Speak for Me - Mad In America

I am appalled to read a press release by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery that lauds the proposals emerging from the Vice President's Task Force and accepts in principle a national database of individuals with mental health diagnoses that is "limited to those with a known history of violence."

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U.N. Questions U.S. on Forced Psychiatric Drugging - Mad In America

UN Human Rights Committee member Ms. Zonke Majodina said on Friday during the Committee's review of the United States: "I’m wondering whether any states have considered the ban which has been recommended by the Special Rapporteur on Torture made February last year, available on the UN website of documents. So given that it is really at state level that there is no compliance with the requirement to prohibit coercive treatments especially in mental health settings, I think the matter cannot…

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Reading Foucault and Human Rights - Mad In America

I’ve just finished reading Michel Foucault’s book History of Madness. It is a tour de force that is at times almost impossible to understand, but I find if I am patient the loose ends usually are brought back together. It is also highly upsetting to read for me as someone who has been locked up as mad. The layers of history that Foucault uncovers demonstrate conceptual as well as legal and social forms of exclusion that are with us to the present day, although some of them have become…

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The Meaning of Legal Capacity is Equality - Mad In America

Legal capacity is not the be-all and end-all of existence. Even in severely restricted circumstances the human spirit suffers, makes choices, and can even triumph. But most of us are not saints and prefer a bit more comfort in our circumstances – economic, legal, political and social – with greater opportunity to act and interact freely, make our own mistakes and cultivate lives that we value.

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Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on CRPD - Mad In America

If the US wishes to maintain its reputation as a leader in the field of disability rights, it is not enough to assist other countries in building ramps and developing accessible technology. Those are laudable aims but are at best half of what the CRPD requires. There is a new world in disability rights, and the US risks being left behind unless there is a reversal of course that commits to full domestic implementation in compliance with standards that have been set by the international…

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UN Prohibition of Psychiatric Commitment: Review and Analysis - Mad In America

On September 21, I posted here that the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities took a definitive stand against psychiatric commitment in its Concluding Observations on El Salvador and Austria. The Committee held that the "danger to self or others" standard cannot legitimize psychiatric detention, and that all legislation authorizing such detention must be repealed. This is of huge significance, which I did not expand on in my earlier post. Another set of Concluding…

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The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) works for full human rights and legal capacity for all, an end to forced drugging, electroshock and psychiatric incarceration, and support that respects individual integrity and free will.

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UN: Ensure No One is Detained in Any Kind of Mental Health Facility - Mad In America

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, authoritative body that interprets this treaty, has now confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that all mental health incarceration violates Article 14 of the CRPD. All governments should take notice, and incarcerated people and human rights defenders should take heart from this welcome development.