Good tidings and happy holidays! We at Shore House would like to inform you that December is Human Rights Month. During this month, people all around the nation recognize their status as human beings and celebrate the rights granted to them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed into law on December 10th, 1948. As you may know, individuals with mental illness are restricted or denied from certain rights solely because of their mental health status, which directly contradicts the contents of the Universal Declaration.
It is worth noting that the United States has not ratified any international human rights treaties in 13 years. These treaties that protect some of the most vulnerable populations have yet to be ratified by the United States. Also, these treaties adopt the core values that a majority of Americans support, in addition to due process and non-discrimination.
In particular, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has not been either signed or ratified by the United States, while every other member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has either signed or ratified this convention. If you are unfamiliar about the CRPD, it emphasizes autonomy, respect, equality, and dignity and worth of those with disabilities. It represents a platform where individuals are perceived as capable of claiming their rights and making their own decisions, rather than others making decisions for them. Even though the United States enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the signature and ratification of the CRPD would potentially make the United States a leader in acknowledging rights and protections for those with disabilities.
We at Shore House support and advocate for human rights to be distributed to everyone, regardless of mental health status. In order to assure human rights are properly bestowed upon our members, we assist them by helping them with:
As a facility that promotes equality between its members and staff, Shore House proudly celebrates Human Rights Month and we encourage all who read this to contribute to ensuring that everyone is able to exercise their rights without the worry of discrimination.
So, what can you do to help support the disadvantaged individuals in your community?
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.