NEWS: World Federation for Mental Health Endorses Intl Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 17 February 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, News, Psychiatric Disabilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

World Federation for Mental Health


The WFMH Member Assembly, meeting in Hong Kong SAR China on August 20, 2007, endorsed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and urged national governments throughout the world to embrace and implement the provisions of the Convention.

(To view the full text of the Convention and other important information, visit

The Resolution adopted by the WFMH Member Assembly, as submitted by its Voting Member organization Mental Health America (USA), reads as follows:

WHEREAS the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus on December 13, 2006, a landmark treaty to promote and protect the rights of the world’s 650 million people with disabilities;


WHEREAS mental impairments are explicitly included in the treaty and are among the most prevalent and most disabling of all health conditions;


WHEREAS the U N Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will require ratifying nations “to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity” and promote awareness of the capabilities of those who are disabled

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the World Federation for Mental Health support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The original text for this press release is at; We Can Do first saw it on the AdHoc_IDC mailing list, which focuses on human rights issues among people with disabilities.

Learn more about the World Federation for Mental Health at

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