The British Journal of Psychiatry
An end to psychiatric detention? Implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Brendan D. Kelly
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Abstract

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a welcome articulation of the rights of the disabled. However, as its definition of disability appears to include mental illness, the UK appears to violate it by linking mental illness with detention. Clarity and, possibly, change are needed.

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