NAAJMI partners in India are organizing a two day National consultation on “Citizens’ charter of Human rights for persons living with a mental illness.”

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when Oct 10, 2008 01:00 AM to
Oct 11, 2008 01:00 AM
where Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, India.
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Request to participate and to share news about the National event of NAAJMI  [National Alliance on Access to Justice for Persons Living with a Mental Illness], in New Delhi, on the 10th and 11th of October, 2008

The National Alliance on Access to Justice for Persons living with a Mental Illness [NAAJMI] was created in the year 2005 to serve as a dialogue forum and to build a bank of insights on Mental health and Human Rights, across a diversity of constituencies and stake holders all over the country. The alliance is a strong collective voice around the country demanding justice and access to justice for persons living with mental illness based on the values of dignity, respect and autonomy. Fueled by the Law for All Initiative of the Ashoka [Innovators for the Public] NAAJMI has held “Bill of Rights” consultations in each of the four regions. Through this collective brainstorming and negotiation process, a compilation was made of non-negotiable and absolute human rights that must prevail in the mental health sector.

India signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD], and with the requisite number of countries ratifying it, the CRPD has come into force on 3rd May 2008. In the present CRPD environment, various laws and policies in the mental health sector have to be rights compliant. The BORs achieved success in the incredible number of questions thrown up for dialogue and the breadth of solutions sought by various stake holders, in coming up with a consensual human rights language for persons with psychosocial disabilities.

NAAJMI partners,   Bapu Trust, Anjali, and Basic Needs, in collaboration with the Human Rights Law Network  and Snehi  are
organizing a two day National consultation on “Citizens’ charter of Human rights for persons living with a mental illness” on 10th and 11th October, 2008 at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. The objective of this consultation is to invite civil society, mental health, legal and human rights fraternity to engage with NAAJMI’s proposal of rights for persons living with a mental illness, in the context of law, access to justice and the CRPD.  As various people in governance engage with “harmonizing” existing domestic laws with the CRPD, we hope that this consultation will provide the conceptual basis for changing laws in the mental health sector, including the Mental Health Act.

Mr Gabor Gombos (A Human Rights Defender) and Dr Amita Dhanda will facilitate the program. [ for more news about them.]

We invite you to participate in this  event being organized on the 10th and 11th October, 2008  at the Indian Social Institute, 10
Institutional Area, Lodhi Road,( Near Sai Baba Temple), New Delhi 3. Arrangements for accommodation have been made at the same premises. Outstation participants are requested to inform about their arrival and departure dates and timings so as to enable us to inform Indian Social Institute of the same. Outstation participants are expected to arrive by the 9th evening or latest by 9 am on the 10th October and are expected to depart on the 11th evening or 12th morning.

Information about your travel plans may be sent to:

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You may also communicate the same on the following contact numbers:

Abdul Mabood (Snehi) 09810014992
Rajive Raturi (HRLN) 09818628760
Ravi Bhushan (HRLN) 09810913650
Pushpa Gupta (HRLN) 011- 24374501/ 24378854 Extn 234 and 227

Thanking you and looking forward to your early confirmations.

On behalf of partner organizations,

Human Rights Law Network
New Delhi