Today we resume our 30-day blog on the Declaration of Principles adopted by the 10th Annual Conference on Human Rights and Psychiatric Oppression held in Toronto, May 14-18, 1982. (More info here.) We take up where we left off - at Principle 21.
Principle 21 reads in full as follows:
We believe that alleged dangerousness, whether to one self or others, should not be considered grounds for denying personal liberty, and that only proven criminal acts should be the basis for such denial.
Our blogger today is Karlijn Roex, a PhD-fellow residing in Cologne, Germany. Her essay was first published as part of the Campaign to Support Absolute Prohibition of Forced Treatment and Commitment. The Campaign represents an international effort to protect the integrity of the Convention of the Rights with Persons with Disabilities from infiltration and degradation by psychiatric guild interests.
We are building this work together. Your lived experience is needed and valued. It is essential to building our shared knowledge and expertise as a movement. Please comment on any or all of these questions or in any way that speaks to you personally.
1. Have you ever been preemptively detained by psychiatry?
2. How did that affect you, your life, and your relationships with others in the relevant community where you lived?
3. What would you like others of conscience to know about your experience?
4. How do you recommend people of conscience respond if they are afraid for their safety or that of someone else?
5. How can people protect both their own interests and those of others, while still respecting human rights...?
6. How do our systemic responses need to change in order to make potentially volatile situations safer for all concerned?
7. What factors, in your experience, lead up to situations becoming 'life or death'?
8. If we were truly interested in prevention, what kinds of support would need to be available - and how would people access them - in order to prevent situations going from bad to worse?
August 21, 2016: Conference on Principle 21
We will talk about Principle 21, including your responses, on September 21 from 9-11 PM EST. Karlijn will be our featured guest for that discussion. The call-in number and details will be announced shortly.