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Psychiatry and Human Rights: Recent developments

Dear Madam, Sir,

The University of Geneva is pleased to invite you to the round table

Psychiatry and Human Rights
Recent developments

Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 19:00
Uni Mail, Room MR380

Issues of patient care, freedom and restraint have accompanied the history of psychiatry since its inception. Similarly, its role as an actor in social control has constantly evolved according to place and time. But what about today?

Since 2006, the UN and WHO have published three major documents in the field of patients' rights in psychiatry. The philosophy of care advocated in these documents aims to de-stigmatize mental illness and defend human rights. It promotes the sharing of knowledge and values autonomy, consent, recovery and reintegration into society. However, on the ground, the implementation of these recommendations faces many obstacles.

To discuss these issues, this round table brings together psychiatrists as well as renowned international experts and representatives of patients and their families, who, after all, remain the primarily concerned by these ethical issues.

Prof. Dinesh Bhugra, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London
Michelle Funk, World Health Organization, Geneva
Dre Lieselotte Mahler, Medical University Charité, Berlin
Jean-Dominique Michel, Pro Mente Sana, Geneva
Prof. Andrew Molodynski, University of Oxford
Prof. Norman Sartorius, President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva
Prof. George Szmukler, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London
Dr Pierre Vallon, President, Swiss Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Moderation: Prof. François Ferrero, President, Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry Foundation.

Round table in English with simultaneous translation into French.

At the occasion of the 1st Congress of the European Society of Social Psychiatry