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CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 37

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

(a) End the use of restraint for reasons relating to disability. Prevent the use of Tasers against disabled people. End segregation and isolation practices amounting to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment, in places such as prisons, hospitals and the youth justice system.

(b) Put in place a strategy to prevent restraint being used against disabled children and young people.

(c) Implement outstanding recommendations of the 2015 ‘Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions’ report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

(d) Ban the use of electroconvulsive therapy without consent and put safeguards in place, particularly in Northern Ireland.


Original UN recommendation

The Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Adopt appropriate measures to eradicate the use of restraint for reasons related to disability within all settings and prevent the use of Taser guns against persons with disabilities, as well as practices of segregation and isolation that may amount to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.

(b) Set up strategies, in collaboration with monitoring authorities and national human rights institutions, in order to identify and prevent the use of restraint for children and young persons with disabilities.

(c) Implement the outstanding recommendations contained in the February 2015 report of the inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission entitled “Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions”.

(d) Prohibit any use of non-consensual electroconvulsive therapy on the basis of any form of impairment, in all regions, ensure that safeguards are based on the human rights model and are not limited to medical criteria, and work through appropriate authorities to ensure monitoring of this development, particularly in Northern Ireland.

Date of UN examination

03/10/2017

UN article number

15 (freedom from torture)

Last updated on 08/10/2019