Are detained mental health services users any better off since The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is little known outside medical law textbooks, yet its potential impact in the human rights arena is groundbreaking.

The Convention is an authoritative human rights treaty, the purpose of which is contained in Article 1: to “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities”. By ratifying the Convention in 2009, the UK Government is now legally obliged to ensure that national law and practice are consistent with the Treaty.

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An Introduction to our Guest Writer…

After a short (unintended) hiatus from posting, THWBlog is back with a brand new article today from our next guest writer. My friend and fellow recent law graduate Katie King has very kindly agreed to write a piece, which will be posted this evening for you all to enjoy!

Katie has recently graduated from the University of Bristol and has spent the summer working in a family law firm in Brixton. She now works as a reporter for a popular legal news publication. Her interests include European Law, mental health law, human rights, and legal history. She decided to write a piece on the human rights aspect of mental health law because she has a keen interest in medical law.

This article looks into law more deeply than any of our previous articles, which is something I also potentially aim to do in the future, rather than merely concentrating on opinions. I want to say a huge thank you to Katie for agreeing to write for THWBlog and hope you all enjoy her expert analysis of her chosen topic! Once again, be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments section below, or on the social media pages.

Why do British lives matter more than others?

Unfortunately, tragedies such as the one we all read about in Oregon last week are seemingly occurring more and more frequently. In recent memory, we’ve had accidents occur in Mecca Hajj, as well as terrorist attacks in both Tunisia and Bangkok, which have dominated headlines in the UK as the total number of those killed continued to increase. However, often before we hear the total number of deceased in these incidents, the first reports often concern the number of Brits specifically that have been killed or injured.

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