HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
How can we use a human rights approach to help improve the lives of those with mental disabilities?

In many countries, severely mentally disabled individuals become the targets of stigma, discrimination, and other human rights abuses. Routinely, children and adults with mental disabilities are arbitrarily detained in psychiatric facilities, social care homes, orphanages and other closed institutions. Out of public view, they are subject to the most extreme forms of inhuman and degrading treatment experienced by any population.

In this month's PLoS Medicine, Alicia Ely Yamin, human rights attorney, and Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI), document some of the worst examples of the abuse of people in psychiatric institutions and argue that adopting a human rights framework would help to prevent such abuse.

In Kosovo, for example, MDRI learned that women were raped in psychiatric facilities in plain view of local staff and international humanitarian relief workers. In Hungary and Paraguay, MDRI found people locked in cages. In Turkey, Peru, and Bulgaria, MDRI investigators learned of a practice called "unmodified ECT"--the use of electroconvulsive therapy without any form of anaesthesia or muscle relaxants--a practice that is both painful and dangerous.

People with mental disabilities, say Yamin and Rosenthal, have the "rights to exercise agency in their own lives and to participate as members of their communities and societies, and these rights trump other concerns such as general attitudes toward risk containment in society." They argue that "the starting point of developing a human-rights based policy on mental health is that mentally ill individuals are full human beings who are entitled to rights. Although seemingly obvious, in practice MDRI has found that the implications of these premises challenge predominant biomedical approaches to mental illness, as well as health services paradigms."


'"/>

Contact: Paul Ocampo
pocampo@plos.org
415-624-1224
Public Library of Science
25-Apr-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. New research discovers independent brain networks control human walking
2. UD scientists invent novel hydrogels for repairing, regenerating human tissue
3. Report calls for new directions, innovative approaches in testing chemicals for toxicity to humans
4. Stanford researchers track human stem cells transplanted into rat brain
5. Medicalizing the human condition
6. Vaxfectin-formulated measles DNA vaccine elicits long-term protection in nonhuman primates
7. Transplanting human gut bugs into mice helps understanding of metabolic system
8. Tests show healthy humans not harmed by Taser
9. Testing the taser on human subjects -- preliminary physiological measurements
10. Pioneering study maps attention, memory and language links in the human brain
11. Groundbreaking principles on sexual orientation and human rights released

Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/24/2014)... IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 In a ... infertility expert and founder of Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC ... Rosato entitled Three Ways to Cut the High Cost ... way to minimize costs is to maximize your chance of ... advice on choosing a clinic. , “I am always ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... the risk for head and neck cancer (HNC). Evidence suggests ... the risk of HNC in patients with DM has not ... sixth most common type of cancer. It accounts for about ... new cancer cases and 350,000 cancer deaths worldwide each year. ... to examine the risk of HNC in patients with DM. ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Kan. (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 ... announces that it has achieved certification for compliance ... tested and verified by the DoD Information Assurance ... Vendor Neutral Archive, identified within the DoD as ... Authority to Operate designation from the U.S. Army ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center ... drug shown to safely reduce the viral load and ... respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is the most common ... in the United States and worldwide. , The ... John DeVincenzo, MD. DeVincenzo,s Le Bonheur lab has been ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Moines, IA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Members ... keep Michael Wolnerman, RPh, CCIM, Senior Associate of Sales at ... the Governor appointed him to the Board and that his ... , “I want to provide the best I can for ... believe I am uniquely positioned to provide a special insight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Mindy Berkson, Infertility Expert and Founder, Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC: Leading the Pathway to Parenthood 2Health News:Mindy Berkson, Infertility Expert and Founder, Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC: Leading the Pathway to Parenthood 3Health News:Perceptive Software Achieves DIACAP Certification for Vendor Neutral Archive Solution to Support U.S. Department of Defense Integrated Clinical Systems Program 2Health News:Perceptive Software Achieves DIACAP Certification for Vendor Neutral Archive Solution to Support U.S. Department of Defense Integrated Clinical Systems Program 3Health News:Perceptive Software Achieves DIACAP Certification for Vendor Neutral Archive Solution to Support U.S. Department of Defense Integrated Clinical Systems Program 4Health News:RSV research breakthrough to help infected children 2Health News:Wolnerman Re-elected as Chairperson of Iowa State Board of Health 2
(Date:7/24/2014)... ATLANTA , July 24, 2014  Alimera Sciences, ... company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization ... release its second quarter of fiscal year 2014 financial ... 2014. An investor conference call will follow on the ... The conference call will be hosted by Dan ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... , July 24, 2014  The American Association ... supporting its mission to help address audit issues ... exclusive agreement to be the information technology lead ... the leading provider of billing and business management ... HME industry expertise to support this important initiative ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... , July 24, 2014  In any given ... in 25 patients has at least one hospital-acquired infection, ... What,s more, many of these infections prove fatal. And ... an alarming number of patient deaths per year, infection ... conversation. Consequently, a stronger emphasis is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Alimera Sciences To Release Second Quarter 2014 Results 2Brightree Joins AAHomecare as Corporate Partner and IT Lead on HME Audit Key 2Employees, Equipment and the Environment: Top Infection Prevention Focuses in Hospitals 2Employees, Equipment and the Environment: Top Infection Prevention Focuses in Hospitals 3
Cached News: