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Human rightsHuman Rights Violations

Mental health care users are one of the most vulnerable, invisible and forgotten groups of people in our society.

Often they are not in a position to state their concerns and grievances, and there is still much stigma and discrimination against them.

Many face physical, sexual and psychological abuse, unfair denial of employment opportunities and discrimination in access to health care and other services.

South African Mental Health Legislation is an important tool in ensuring that rights are protected. The Mental Health Care Act (Act 17 of 2002) seeks to ensure that the care, treatment and rehabilitation of persons who are mentally ill conforms to the constitution and in particular, the right to equality and dignity, which are founding principles as well as rights enshrined in The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996).

Report human rights violations
Human rights violations of people with mental disabilities can be reported to the Mental Health Review Board at 021 370 1221 or

For more information on the rights of persons with intellectual disability, you may find the following documents useful:
UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities
Mental Health Care Act (Act 17 of 2002)