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    The World Psychiatric Association’s “Bill of Rights”: a curious contribution to human rights

    Lewis, O. and Callard, Felicity (2017) The World Psychiatric Association’s “Bill of Rights”: a curious contribution to human rights. International Journal of Mental Health 46 (3), pp. 157-167. ISSN 0020-7411.

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    In 2016 the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) published a “Bill of Rights.” This article considers and analyzes what is at stake in a global professional clinical organization developing such a document that purports to support its efforts to tackle the social injustices experienced by people with mental health issues globally. It critically examines the text of the Bill and suggests that, while the document promises serious engagement with human rights (as distinct from ethics), it fails to meet existing international human rights standards. For the WPA to be a present and engaged partner in the implementation of international human rights standards it should not merely encourage governments to take action, but start with inward-facing tasks. These include establishing minimum human rights-based criteria for its own members and holding them to account, so as to nudge psychiatrists towards a human rights-based approach that would benefit people with mental health issues around the world.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ethics, human rights, international law, mental health, social justice, World Psychiatric Association
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 10:14
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:37


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