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Human Rights Standards Relevant to Mental Health and How They can be Made More Effective

François Crépeau and Anne-Claire Gayet

in Mental Health and Human Rights

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Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199213962
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199213962.003.0038
Human Rights Standards Relevant to Mental Health and How They can be Made More Effective

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François Crépeau and Anne-Claire Gayet argue that improving the effectiveness of human rights standards relevant to mental health depends firstly on being aware of the existing framework. This they do by considering the specific responsible institutions – international and regional treaty bodies which receive periodic reports, produce ‘soft law’, hear individual and collective complaints, and undertake on-site visits; the procedures of independent experts and UN Special Rapporteurs; the work of international courts and tribunals, national judicial tribunals and human rights institutions, and other inquiries and investigations, both at international and national levels. They provide examples about the work of these bodies. They also explore how human rights standards can be actively promoted and protected, through cross-sectoral cooperation, inter-institutional consultation, and mobilizing civil society and human rights education for all. These arguments particularly draw on the Canadian context.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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