World Health Organization urges new laws to protect mentally ill

[JURIST] A new report [PDF] released by the World Health Organization [official website] on Monday urges countries to pass laws protecting the mentally ill, a group categorized by a WHO press release as "among the most vulnerable and the least legally protected". The report says almost a quarter of all countries have no mental health law, and many more have laws that do not adequately protect mental health patients or are outdated. In addition to releasing the new report, the WHO has created a network of experts to help countries modernize their law. AP has more.

 

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