Text for question to Q&A ABC program panel on video:
'George Brandis, congratulations on finally ratifying the CAT. How long will it take to come into effect? Australia signed and ratified the UN CRPD in 2008, which strictly forbids forced medical treatments, and Research Without Consent, yet millions of Australians are subjected to forced psychiatry every year. People who say no and mean it enough to take action by going to a tribunal hearing, often without legal representation, because innocent people aren’t entitled to a lawyer. 9 years is a long time to take before enacting section 51, especially when people are being tortured in the guise of medicine, under EFIC research. How much longer? Are you frustrating the convention?'
Not exactly ratified yet... but a promiseAustralia hasn't yet ratified UN OPCAT, but has declared that ratification will occur at the end of 2017.
The Federal Government has announced it will ratify an international treaty to improve the oversight of Australia's prisons and detention centres. Attorney-General George Brandis said the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) would be ratified by the end of this year.
What does that mean for people on a Compulsory Treatment Order, being threatened with arbitrary detention if they don't turn up to appointments, told pull their pants down to be injected or have someone else do that, and told to comply with blood tests to verify they are taking the poisons the psychiatrists require in order to do invasive Human Research Without Consent?
What would you rather? Be chained, or poisoned, or electrocuted? Know that psychiatry uses mechanical holds, in 4-point, not chains but Velcro, that said it's the same effect. Garth Daniel was held in this position for over 69 days in Victoria by psychiatrists. He was also being poisoned and electrocuted and his suffering belittled. Why? Because he said no, and meant it, and had parents who fought for him way better than most can. His parents understood South African Aparthied Regime, and survived it. Which makes this all worse, because you'd think if you at least had people petitioning to stop State Violence being inflicted on you, the psychiatrists would back off or start to be reasonable. But, psychiatrists are not reasonable, if you think they are, you obviously really don't read or listen to anything the people who are abused by psychiatry say, or their allies, or experts who cannot be bought or easily threatened into silence by the scam industry that is psychiatry.
Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow said it was a good day for human rights in Australia. "When a person is detained in prison, a mental health facility, anywhere, they remain human," he said.
Yes, that's what people subjected to forced psychiatry say most, they just want to be treated like human-beings, not tortured, not belittled, not forcefully used in Emergency Research. But that's not what is happening.
If we cannot stop torture
in our own country,
where can we stop it?
Australian government policy on Conventions (brief)
- Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
- Convention on the Political Rights of Women
- International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination
- Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women
- Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness
- Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons
- Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
- Slavery Convention of 1926
- Supplementary Convention on Slavery
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities