For those involuntarily committed to psychiatric facilities and forcibly treated, it is an inhumane and unjustifiable curtailment of civil liberties. In 2020, CCHR’s Task Force Against Racism & Modern-Day Eugenics was formed, in part, to prevent such curtailment. Psychiatric institutionalization—including involuntarily—has led to African Americans being restrained and killed. Numerous international human rights treaties support a ban on forced hospitalization and coercive psychiatric practices, including restraint use. While some treaties may not be ratified and legally binding in U.S. law, they reflect the direction that mental health laws urgently need to go to instill human rights and protections.
Indeed, in 2021, the World Health Organization “Guidance on Community Mental Health Services: Promoting Person-Centered and Rights-Based Approaches,” condemned coercive psychiatric practices, that are used, “despite the lack of evidence that they offer any benefits and the significant evidence that they lead to physical and psychological harm and even death.” 
Americans take considerable pride in their Constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties, yet mental health laws often abridge or ignore those rights when it comes to certain classes of people—anyone labeled as “mentally ill.” Add to that black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). An article published by the American Bar Association says: “Often, there is no clear line of demarcation between mental health care and incarceration. When race and poverty are added to the equation, matters are exacerbated.” 
African Americans and people of color are overrepresented in this coercive psychiatric system:
A further threat to this is that in the wake of acts of mass shootings, psychiatrists are urging governments to broaden the criteria for involuntarily committing someone—misleadingly implying this could protect the community from future “dangerous behavior.” However, the evidence doesn’t support this and on the contrary, shows that psychiatric “treatment” causes aggressive, violent and suicidal behavior. Twenty-seven drug regulatory agency warnings link psychiatric drugs to violent and homicidal side effects. With such adverse reactions, forcing more of these mind-altering chemicals on individuals and through longer periods of involuntarily commitment is a recipe for disaster. 
The need to abolish coercive psychiatric practices is entrenched in international human rights covenants and reports. In April 2022, the United Nations High Commissioner for Rights report said that coercion, involuntary treatment and forced placement are incompatible with human rights. A similar UN Human Rights Council report in 2018 said laws should be repealed that permit the use of coercion and forced interventions, including the use of restraints, electroshock, psychosurgery, and forced medication.
While the U.S. is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), it has not ratified it so it is not entrenched in domestic or federal law, while it maintains its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enacted in 1990 and, which inspired the CPRD.  However, the ADA does not go far enough to end coercive psychiatric practices.
Human rights abuses are so pervasive in the field of mental health in the U.S. that mental health laws must change to eliminate coercive psychiatric practices, instill human rights in their place and reverse the systemic failure and abuses in the system.
The February-April, 2022 Annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which reinforced similar reports in 2017 and 2018, primarily recommended:
Other supportive reports that policymakers should be aware of and adopt, include:
A Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights is a right-based guideline for positive implementation in mental health laws.
 “Guidance on Community Mental Health Services: Promoting Person-Centered and Rights-Based Approaches,” World Health Organization, 10 June 2021, https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240025707
 Hayden Carlos and Cameron Pontiff, “Trick or Treatment? Confronting the horrific intersection of race, mental health, poverty, and incarceration in Louisiana,” American Bar Association, 16 July 2019, https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/diversity-inclusion/articles/2019/summer2019-race-mental-health-poverty-incarceration-louisiana/
 “Involuntary Commitments: Billing Patients for Forced Psychiatric Care,” The American Journ. of Psychiatry, 1 Dec. 2020, https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20030319
 “Report on forced psychiatry and psychiatric abuse against African Americans as intersectional discrimination based on race and disability,” submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by Campaign to Repeal Mental Health Laws, M.O.M.S. – Movement Of Mothers and others Standing Together, Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP), Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights), Victorious Black Women, MindFreedom International (MFI), World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) and International Disability Alliance (IDA)
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