UN Committee for Child Protection Alarmed at Rates of Psychoactive Drugging

Investigation Opened into Potential Child Rights Violations

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) submission reveals evidence that psychiatric protocols violate human rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Holland’s government agrees.

The United Nations Committee for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has issued a human rights statement saying it is “seriously concerned” (the highest level of disapproval expressed in official UN statements) over the rising use of psychoactive substances on children in the Netherlands.

In a hard-hitting recommendation citing evidence to date, the committee has asked for a study into the root causes of symptoms classified as “ADHD” and “ADD” by the psychiatric handbook (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

It has called also for investigation into non-medical treatments that don’t require the use of dangerous psychostimulants to address the symptoms of these so-called disorders.

In preparation for the session, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights had investigated and compiled a report on the drugging of children in Holland and submitted it to the UNCRC at their meeting in Geneva, headquarters of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The UNCRC rapporteur made use of CCHR’s investigation and dossier in asking pointed questions of the Netherlands government on the drugging of Dutch children with substances classified as dangerous and the subject of 44 warnings by eight governments over side effects, including heart problems, mania, psychosis, depression, hallucinations and death. The Netherlands agreed this must be changed.

The UNCRC is the world’s premier body for protection of children’s human rights, charged with supervising the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UNCRC has, since 2010, been looking into the issues surrounding diagnosing children as “ADHD”—a label that frequently results in psychoactive drugs prescribed as a “treatment.”

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog, co-founded by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, and dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuses and ensuring patient protection.

With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CCHR International guides a global human rights advocacy network of some 200 chapters across 34 nations. CCHR Commissioners include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, government officials, educators and civil rights representatives.  

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