The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) provides strategic leadership in human rights advocacy, implementation and monitoring relevant to people experiencing (or labeled with) madness, mental health problems or trauma.
In particular, CHRUSP works for full legal capacity for all, an end to forced drugging, forced electroshock and psychiatric incarceration, and for support that respects individual integrity and free will.
CHRUSP was conceived during the last year of the negotiations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in 2006. Two of CHRUSP's founders had been involved in the negotiations and wanted to create a human rights organization run by users and survivors of psychiatry, dedicated to the vision of change set out in the Convention as a result of our work. CHRUSP sees its role as complementary to representative organizations like the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (see www.wnusp.net) and hopes to work collaboratively with other organizations in the user/survivor movement, disability rights movement and human rights community.
About this Website
We hope you will use this website as a resource for materials in human rights advocacy, and to learn more about CHRUSP. We welcome your feedback, ideas and support.
Video Introduction to the Issues
These videos are the segments of an interview with Tina Minkowitz from a DVD called Visions available from www.qldalliance.org.au
Part 1 Introduction, psychiatric disability, CRPD, legal capacity
Part 2 No deprivation of liberty based on disability
Part 3 Forced interventions as torture
Part 4 Outcome of the treaty and references