International News Release- 24 July 2009
The US media top story tonight?
A war of words between the Cambridge police, a Harvard
Distracted by the frenzy, much of the media missed how
ended his day:
Signing a global UN treaty to protect the human rights of
disabilities. Along with many others, MindFreedom played a
crafting the treaty inside the United Nations.
Here's the MindFreedom News Release:
MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELEASE:
MindFreedom International Thanks President Obama for
Support of UN
Treaty on Disability and Human Rights
President Obama marked the 19th anniversary of the
Disabilities Act by instructing UN Ambassador Susan Rice
to sign an
historic United Nations "convention" or treaty next week
and human rights, joining 140 other nations.
"It's the first new human rights convention of the 21st
Obama said at in the White House East Room.
MindFreedom International -- uniting a broad constituency
health consumers, psychiatric survivors, mental health
advocates and others concerned with fighting for human
rights in the
mental health system -- praised President Barack Obama's
about signing the UN International Convention on the
Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD).
Celia Brown, MFI Board president, led a team of
inside the United Nations during years of meetings to
create the treaty.
Celia has been widely praised by cross-disability leaders
for her warm
and inclusive community-building at the UN.
Said Celia, "We appreciate that the President is
commitment he made to the Convention during his campaign.
leadership indicates that human rights can be a
cornerstone for people
with disabilities in the United States and around the
"The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
paradigm shift of understanding disability from a medical
model to a
social model. The CRPD recognizes the key principles of
discrimination, freedom to make one's own decisions, and
to have the
opportunity to be actively involved in policies that
effect our lives."
The MindFreedom International UN Team participated in UN
meetings with a
diverse alliance of leaders from disability organizations
International Disability Caucus (now the International
Alliance), CRPD Forum and World Network of Users and
MindFreedom International was instrumental in conducting
during the UN convention negotiations to educate people
disabilities and governments on the perspectives of human
users/survivors of psychiatry.
David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International, and a
board member of
the United States International Council on Disability
(USICD), said, "We
look forward to the Senate reviewing the treaty for
ratification as a
significant step to winning human rights for the 650
million people in
the worldwide disability community."
Judy Heumann, former Clinton Administration appointee,
board member of
USICD, and participant in the negotiations to draft the
"This treaty reflects the unique insights of disabled
people from around
the world. The participation of disabled people in
decision- making about
policies affecting our lives is changing the way we are
regarded in our
communities and by our governments,"
Susan Rice, the United States State Ambassador to the UN,
officially sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons
Disabilities on July 30, 2009 at the UN Headquarters on
July 30, 2009 in
New York City.
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