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Statement of Principles from 10th annual Conference on Human Rights…

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    Frank Blankenship
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    No problem in so far as “affirming support” goes, but, and big but, this is a matter of individuals “affirming support”. Individuals that are no longer even part of an Annual International Conference on Human Rights and against Psychiatric Oppression, and as (cough, cough) “C/S/X movement”, it gets lost in the ‘collaborationist” aim and rhetoric. We need a survivor, ex-inmate (outmate, whatever), organization with a thoroughly anti-psychiatry bent and perspective. A loosely aligned group of people is a good start, but as far as individuals go, I don’t see any benefit in signing along the dotted line that signifies absolutely nothing. You will have people signing who will sign anything. One minute it’s the 30 principals, the next it is some kind of proposal or petition for more forced treatment. Actually, we need an organization to re-“affirm” those principles, and to draft its own policy documents of relevance and importance. We need an organization for the aim of, as principle 30 goes, making those words count for something, and not resting until they do.

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