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U.S. CRPD and Human Rights Reporting

CRPD Ratification without RUDs

CHRUSP opposes the package of reservations, understandings and declarations (RUDs) currently attached to the proposal for ratification of the CRPD by the U.S. Senate, and holds that some of these RUDs violate international law.

RMHL Petition to ratify CRPD without RUDS

2013 CHRUSP and other human rights defenders Letter to Senate

CHRUSP statement to NCD on CRPD Ratification and Implementation without RUDs 2013

CHRUSP and other Human Rights Defenders Oppose Declaration that U.S. law fulfills or exceeds treaty 2012 Letter

Updated Signatures 2012 Letter

2nd Updated Signatures on 2012 Letter

Petition opposing "exceptionalism" declaration 2012

Tina Minkowitz blog post 2012

Fact Sheet produced by psychiatric survivors on CRPD rights not protected by the U.S.

International solidarity from people with disabilities and allies:



European Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry









Human Rights Reporting


Report to the Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination on forced psychiatry and psychiatric abuse against African Americans as intersectional discrimination based on race and disability  pdf  word

See also reports of Stephanie Franklin, Esq. to CERD and Committee against Torture (CAT) on drugging of African American girls in foster care

2. ICCPR - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Collaborative shadow report (full report word) and executive summary (exec summary word) focusing on nonconsensual psychiatric medication in the U.S. has been sent to the Human Rights Committee (the name of the monitoring body for the ICCPR).  Many thanks to all the individuals who wrote, edited, and contributed to the report.  We will return to Geneva for the review of the U.S. in October (2013).

Submitted by: CHRUSP, Victorious Black Women, PsychRights, MindFreedom International, Campaign to Repeal Mental Health Laws, Intentional Peer Support, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, International Disability Alliance



Human Rights Committee has asked the United States to defend its practice of forced psychiatry, see question 15: List of Issues

Presentation to Human Rights Committee March 18, 2013

Questions  suggested by CHRUSP

CHRUSP initial submission

CHRUSP along with six other organizations - Law Project for Psychaitric Rights (PsychRights), Voices of the Heart, Campaign to Repeal Mental Health Laws, MindFreedom International, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the International Disability Alliance - submitted information to the Human Rights Committee for their List of Issues to be developed on the United States (questions that they would like the U.S. government to address further).  

This is a part of the periodic reporting process under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a human rights treaty ratified by the United States.

We are working on a more detailed report to be submitted in August with suggested recommendations for the Committee to address to the U.S. government.

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