United Nations Committee opposes draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention and calls States parties to do the same

20 September 2018

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) calls upon States Parties to oppose the draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention.

The draft Additional Protocol conflicts with the human rights for persons with disabilities recognised by the CRPD. While it claims to protect rights of persons with disabilities and “mental disorders”, it actually violates articles of the CRPD on equality, non-discrimination, rights to liberty and security, and rights to health and physical/mental integrity.

Specifically, and in direct conflict with the CRPD, the draft Additional Protocol of the Oviedo Convention seeks to deprive persons with disabilities of the right to make and pursue their own decisions, and instead aims to permit substitute decision-makers to provide consent on their behalf. The draft Additional Protocol also intends to allow non-consensual, forced health care placement and treatment for persons with disabilities.

In these circumstances, the Committee strongly recommends that all States parties to the CRPD explicitly oppose the adoption of the Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention.

Full statement (Word) here

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