Today we would like to point to the World Health Organisation WHO-MiNDbank, and particularly its resources on capacity law worldwide. The section on capacity law is particularly useful for Article 12 related reform because it contains a link to every single piece of national capacity legislation for countries throughout the world.
The website states that:
WHO MiNDbank is an online platform for the sharing of key resources related to mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development.
It provides easy access to a range of national level and international resources from across the globe including:
National mental health policies, strategies and laws
National disability related policies, strategies and laws
National general health policies, strategies and laws
National child and youth general, mental health, health, disability and substance abuse policies, strategies and laws
National older persons general, mental health, health, disability and substance abuse policies, strategies and laws
National mental health, general health, child/youth and older persons service standards
It goes on to state that:
WHO MiNDbank is an online platform providing quick and easy access to international resources and national/regional level policies, strategies, laws and service standards for mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, NCDs, human rights and development, and more recently children and youth, and older persons. It is an invaluable tool for policy makers, planners, legislators and parliamentarians advocacy groups, NGOs and DPOs, researchers and academic, education and training centers. The MiNDbank holds over 4000 documents from over 170 countries with more to come. MiNDbank has been made possible thanks to the collective efforts of WHO Member States in sharing their national resources, with a view to achieving better health and human rights outcomes for all.
The Right to Act in practice requires careful evaluation of existing law and policy. The WHO-MiNDbank is a very useful starting point for researchers and advocates worldwide who wish to reform legal capacity law and policy.
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of PERSON (Partnership to Ensure Reforms of Supports in Other Nations) and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.