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Canadian Mental Health Legislation and the CRPD 

 

by Irit Shimrat and Erick Fabris

Canadian legislators must repeal mental health laws that contravene the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that allow psychiatrists to detain and forcibly treat persons with psychosocial disabilities. To that end, we present our four-page summary of Canada’s obligations as a state party to the CRPD, as well as the UN’s observations on how Canada is failing to fulfill these obligations, thereby violating the human rights of people with disabilities. 

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