BMH UK Campaign: Ban Taser firearms against detained mental health patients. ban#taser
This petition by human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK's (BMH UK) is calling on the Government to implement an outright ban on the unethnical use of Taser firearms against patients detained on locked psychiatric wards.
Our demand was debated in an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16 to 2016-17 in the House of Lords last week, but was not put to the vote or accepted by peers at this stage. This legislation wil be debated again in Lords later this month, which will present the opportunity for members of the House of Lords to revisit BMH UK's demand for a ban of police using these stun guns against patients in hospital.
BMH UK have been lobbying this change in the law in a bid to ensure that the protections set out in the United Nations (UN) convention against Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CAT) are made a reality for those detained in psychiatric hospitals.
A fact finding mission by this UN committee to the UK in 2013 voiced concern at the roll out of Taser and warned in their final report that Taser firearms are inadmissible in a place where there is a deprivation of liberty.
BMH UK point to locked hospital wards as a prime example of this and are calling on the Government to accept the amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill put down by the opposition party which will bring thisTaser ban in hospitals into law.
The unequal power balance between those subject to such treatment and statutory providers and the police has silenced public debate around this issue until BMH UK's launched this campaign. MP's supported our calls to ban the use of Taser or any other conductive electrical device against detained patients during a debate on the Policing and Crime Bill in the House of Commons in June this year.
The Government has responded by stating that local police and crime commissioners, chief constables and the chairs of local mental health crisis care concordat partnerships are the agencies responsible for identifying and scrutinising any use of Taser in mental health settings. This is unacceptable.
You don't scrutinise human rights abuses you ban them!
Please sign this petition supporting BMH UK's call for an outright ban on Taser firearms against patients detained in mental health settings and use ban#taser hashtag when retweeting or emailing this petition through your networks.
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