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
The European Conference of (ex-)users and survivors "Reshaping Our Future" organized by the European Network of (ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the Danish (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry organization LAP, with financial support from the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs will take place in Hilleröd, Denmark, on 11-14 December 2014.
Highlights of the event will include:
• a conference to exchange experiences and opinions and strengthen support on CRPD implementation, organizing, researching and developing practices for the future;
• in-depth coverage of the human rights and other concerns of the Danish movement
of users and survivors of psychiatry;
• the Ordinary General Assembly of ENUSP, including the election of a new Board and Chair.
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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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