Subject: NORWAY MUST FULLY RESPECT RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, says the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks

From: Walter Keim <wake@online.no>

Date: 14.06.2015 09:21

To: Postmottak SMK <Postmottak@smk.dep.no>

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NORWAY MUST FULLY RESPECT RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, says the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks (ref. 2015/815)



Dear Prime Minister/ Your Excellency,

I am writing to express my concern regarding ongoing violations of rights that people with disabilities in Norway. Following the visit in your country of Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, I understand that such violations are still common.

It has been brought to my attention by the Mental Disability Advocacy Center that thousands of people with disabilities are denied the right to make decisions in their lives, even in such personal matters as marriage, adoption, abortion, sterilization, medical treatment, and the acquisition of a passport. Thousands of others are forcibly detained, subjected to forced treatment, isolated and restrained.

I have amended documentation that the reduction of coercion failed in the time from 2000 to 2015 (2). 5 UN committees have criticized Norway and suggested to respect human rights of persons with psychososial disabilities (3).

This situation is unacceptable for a country such as Norway, which has a global reputation promoting and protecting human rights.

I support the call for Norway to withdraw its reservations to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities .

With high consideration,

Walter Keim
Netizen: http://sites.google.com/site/walterkeim/

Copy: Ministry of Health and Care Services (ref. 2014/4257), Directorate of Health (ref: 2012/9562), Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (ref. 2013/4343)

References (documentation):

  1. LDO (Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombudsman) 19. des 2013: Norway violates human rights (”Norge bryter menneskerettighetene): http://www.ldo.no/no/ombudet/Aktuelt/Nyheter/Arkiv/Featured-news/Norge-bryter-menneskerettighetene/

  2. Reduction of coercion failed 2000 to 2015 (Reduksjon av tvang feilet i 15 år): http://home.broadpark.no/~wkeim/files/reduksjon_av_tvang.html

  3. 5 UN committees have criticized Norway and suggested to respect human rights of persons with psychososial disabilities: http://home.broadpark.no/~wkeim/files/UN_coercion.html

  4. Reporting status for Norway for all Conventions: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/Countries.aspx?CountryCode=NOR&Lang=EN

  5. NORWAY MUST FULLY RESPECT RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SAYS the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks: http://www.mdac.info/en/news/norway-must-fully-respect-rights-people-disabilities-says-muiznieks

  6. NORWAY SHOULD FULLY COMMIT ITSELF TO INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS LAW: http://www.mdac.info/en/news/norway-should-fully-commit-itself-international-disability-rights-law



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