Since 2014, the Council of Europe (regional organisation composed of 47 European countries) and its Committee of Bioethics are working on a legally binding instrument to regulate involuntary treatment and placement in psychiatry - the so-called “draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention”. This initiative has been highly criticised by users and survivors of psychiatry, organisations of persons with disabilities, other civil society organisations, bodies within the Council of Europe and experts from the United Nations, including the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Despite the opposition, member states of the Council of Europe have continued to support the work on this draft protocol, ignoring their obligations under international law. A final draft has been approved and will be put for a vote in early June 2021 within the Committee of Bioethics, and could be move into final adoption at the end of 2021 or early 2022.
In light of the continued development of the draft additional protocol, Mental Health Europe and Validity Foundation aim to organize a side event during the 14th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UNCRPD.