The EU and all its Member States have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In addition, 46 of the 47 Members of the Council of Europe ratified the CRPD.
The CRPD was adopted in 2006. It protects the rights of persons with disabilities, including persons with psychosocial disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities and people with dementia. It is based on a human rights-based approach to disability. It is the most authoritative human rights instrument on disability rights.
The draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention of the Council of Europe aims at regulating involuntary treatment and placement in psychiatry. It is based on a 2004 Recommendation made before the introduction of the CRPD, and has been negotiated since 2014. The draft protocol promotes a medical model of disability which authorises placement and treatment in psychiatry without the consent of the person.
Read in EDF’s document the main contradictions between the CRPD and the draft additional protocol.
Download the complete document below:
- Overview of issues with Oviedo Draft Protocol in light of CRPD (PDF document)
- Overview of issues with Oviedo Draft Protocol in light of CRPD (Word document)