Dear (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry! ENUSP is planning to submit a Shadow report on the EU’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and we welcome your input before 1 June 2015.
ENUSP is interested in hearing about your experiences and receiving evidence you have from EU Member States (such as data, statistics, testimony, cases at law, media articles, violations, extreme cases, etc.) that illustrate the EU’s performance in implementing the CRPD. We would also be happy to receive your recommendations on how to ensure compliance with the CRPD in your country.
In order to add your information to the Shadow report of ENUSP, please use our questionnaire. Remember, that you don't have to answer all the questions. Please feel free to give us your input on only one or just a few of them based on the situation in your country. We greatly appreciate any and all contributions you can make to best reflect the current situation of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the EU in light of the articles of the CRPD.
On 4 March 2015, ENUSP sent a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) to inform the members of this Committee about key issues impacting the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities within the European Union. The submission was made in light of the upcoming review by the CRPD Committee of the European Union’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
In the ENUSP submission on the EU to the CRPD Committee, ENUSP highlights several human rights violations in the EU, and suggests questions for the List of Issues for the upcoming review of the European Union’s implementation of the CRPD. The List of Issues for EU review will be compiled by the CRPD Committee in its 13th session, on 2 April 2015. The more extended EU State Party review by the CRPD Committee will take place at the 14th session of the CRPD Committee in August/September 2015.
ENUSP will also be submitting a parallel report (NGO report) for the EU review at the 14th session of the CRPD Committee, which will be compiled during the next few months in close cooperation with ENUSP members (more information will follow soon).
The ENUSP submission for the List of Issues on the European Union regarding CRPD implementation, can be found here.
The 7th ENUSP Congress was held in Hilleröd, Denmark. 58 participants from 19 European countries participated in the Congress. The delegates adopted the agenda of the General Assembly and approved the former report of the General Assembly in Thessaloniki, 2010. Gabriela Tanasan presented annual reports for 2011-2012. She briefly explained what had been done by ENUSP in the past years: The ENUSP empowerment seminar “Nothing about us, without us” in Brussels, the ENUSP empowerment seminar ”From Strategy to Reality” in Zagreb in 2012, the ENUSP empowerment seminar “Strategy for empowerment – Key areas of action” in Bucharest in 2013, and the Strategic plan 2012-2015 of ENUSP. Then Piotr Iwaneyko presented report on activities in 2013 and 2014, mostly about events and collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Disability Forum (EDF). After that Eric Olsen presented on the EDF participation, and the history of consultation with various organizations. The bookkeeper of ENUSP, Claus-Bech Nielsen presented the financial report for 2011-2014.
The delegates adopted the new revised Statutes and finally elected the new board. Most nominees were elected unanimously. Olga Kalina from Georgia was elected as the new Chair of ENUSP. Guadalupe Morales from Spain was elected as the Deputy Chair.
Additional information about the 7th ENUSP Congress can be found here:
Presentation of Tina Minkowitz Understanding and Using the CRPD
Presentation of Jasna Russo Survivor-controlled research
Description of the Congress in the blog of Jolijn Santegoeds
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.(Richard Carlson)
ENUSP is the only independent network of mental health service users and survivors of psychiatry at a European level. Our members are regional, national and local organisations and individuals from 39 countries united in the fight for human rights and self-determination.
In addition to maintaining a Europe-wide support network, ENUSP has campaigned for the last nineteen years to end discriminatory and abusive treatment of users and survivors of psychiatry and advance accessible alternatives in the community. Our efforts help to expose coercive psychiatric treatment as a major human rights violation which must be dealt with through changes to public law and policy.
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