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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Human Rights


Membership of the Special Committee on Human Rights

  • Dr Sanjay Khurmi (Chair)
  • Ms Shelly Harper
  • Dr Peter Hughes (co-opted)
  • Dr Chris Jones
  • Dr Carol Kan (co-opted)
  • Professor Clive Meux
  • Dr Nicola Naven (co-opted)
  • Dr Catherine Penny
  • Dr Abdi Sanati (Vice-Chair)
  • Mr Greg Smith (co-opted)
  • Dr Su Sukumaran
  • Professor George Szmukler

To contact the Committee, please email



Upcoming Conference


The Special Committee on Human Rights is pleased to announce that Baroness Hale will speak at its forthcoming half-day conference: The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) - The End of Psychiatric Practice as we know it?


The conference will take place at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ London HQ on March 10 2016 from approximately 1230-1630. The programme is available here.


The attendance  fee is £50 (including lunch) and can be paid either in advance by cheque or on the day via cash/cheque. To book a place, please either write to or email Greg Smith (21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB or including details of any dietary requirements. Please make cheques payable to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, writing ‘SCHR Conference 2016’ on the back.


The SCHR has prepared a ‘Questions and Answers’ document about the CRPD which may well be of interest to RCPsych members. It is available here.