Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness ("The MI Principles")

United Nations
Publication date: 
1 January 1991
Adopted by the UN in 1991, the MI Principles provide guidance on areas such as the procedures for involuntary admission to mental health care facilities and standards of care. However, these principles have been subject to strong criticism as some provisions offer weaker protection than other human rights instruments. They must now be read in the light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP).