Human rights of persons with mental disability: from discourse to reality

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Since 1989, the major professional organization of psychiatrists has expressed concern for the human rights of people with mental disorders: “Involuntary intervention is a great infringement of the human rights and the fundamental freedom of a patient. Therefore, specific, and carefully defined criteria and safeguards are needed for such intervention. Hospitalization or treatment against the will of a patient should not be conducted unless the patient suffers from serious mental illness. Involuntary intervention must be conducted in accordance with the least restrictive principle.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Early online date21 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • coercion
  • human rights violations
  • mental hospitals
  • UN Convention


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