Statement on the Human Rights of Psychiatric Patients to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From Mad in Finland: Finnish activists Tapio Gauffin, chairman of Nouseva Mieli (Rising Mind), and Soili Takkala, chairwoman of Tarpeenmukainen Hoito Ry (Appropriate Care Association), express their opposition to the additional protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, better known as the Oviedo Convention, concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder concerning involuntary placement and involuntary treatment being proposed by the Committee of Bioethics of the Council of Europe. This additional protocol violates the human rights of people under mental health care by allowing involuntary treatment, forced medication, commitment to psychiatric institutions, restraining procedures, and isolation, enabling the application of coercive and iatrogenic practices through the European Union. Despite strong opposition, a final draft of the additional protocol has been approved and will be put for a vote in June 2021 within the Committee of Bioethics, for final adoption at the end of 2021 or early 2022.

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