1. The Committee on Equality and
Non-Discrimination congratulates Ms Reina de Bruijn-Wezeman (Netherlands,
ALDE), rapporteur of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and
Sustainable Development, on her report on “Ending coercion in mental
health: the need for a human rights-based approach”. It is a comprehensive
and balanced report that makes clear why ending coercion is essential
in order to respect the human rights of persons who face mental
health issues. In addition, it sets out evidence-based proposals
for alternative ways forward.
2. The committee fully supports the report of Ms de Bruijn-Wezeman.
It welcomes her recognition that the United Nations Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – which has to date
been ratified by all Council of Europe member States except Liechtenstein
– today sets the benchmark for human rights standards in this field.
Her report highlights the harmful effects of the use of coercive
measures such as involuntary placement and treatment in mental health.
Just as importantly, it draws attention to the advances that can
be achieved through alternative approaches that empower individuals
with a mental health condition instead of stripping them of their
3. Being fully in agreement with the analysis and recommendations
of the rapporteur for report, the committee has focused in this
opinion on additional human rights issues that may arise from a