Securing the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Location: Room 1130


A presentation by Erick Acuña Pereda.

The rights of persons with mental disabilities are often violated, because those individuals are not considered capable of making their own decisions. Placed in mental institutions without their consent and without the opportunity to challenge their institutionalization, their treatment constitutes a violation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Mr. Acuña will compare and analyze the efforts and obstacles of the Inter-American, European, and African Human Rights Systems to incorporate the dispositions of the CRPD in their instruments and jurisprudence.
Lunch will be served at the lecture.

Mr. Acuña has worked with the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Idehpucp), the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education and the College of the Americas, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, among others. He is currently a researcher for the Peruvian Working Group of the Ibero-American Network of Experts on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.