Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2008
    This description of Eric Rosenthal's work was prepared when Eric Rosenthal was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
    For the last fifteen years Eric Rosenthal has held countries accountable to international human rights law for the inhumane “medical treatment” and segregation from society of people with mental disabilities. Eric established Mental Disability Rights International as the first advocacy organization dedicated to applying international human rights standards to the treatment of those with mental disabilities across the globe. By documenting the atrocious human rights violations against people with mental disabilities, he has brought unprecedented international attention to the rights of this population. Eric’s work has shifted the entire framework within which human rights organizations and governments think, work, and respond to the concerns of people with mental disabilities. This innovative advocacy helped lay the groundwork for the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the UN in December, 2006.
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