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Huang Xuetao on the Reform of the Involuntary Commitment System

Please join USALI for a talk with Lawyer Huang Xuetao on the Reform of the Involuntary Commitment System, Supported Decision-Making and Adult Guardianship System Under New Legislation of Foreign NGO Law and Charity Law. 

Monday, April 18
2:00-3:00 pm, Wilf Hall, 5th floor conference room

Language: Mandarin Chinese

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About Huang Xuetao: 

Ms. HUANG Xuetao is a human rights lawyer. She is also a co-founder and the president of Equity and Justice Initiative (EJI/Hengping), a public interest law NGO defending the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities in China, challenging the rights violations under the guardianship and mental health system.

Huang Xuetao is the leading expert on involuntary commitment system abuse in China. She started her research and advocacy on this subject by representing a very well known lawsuit against such abuse in 2006. In 2010, she co-founded EJI in Shenzhen to promote the reform of involuntary commitment system.

Ms. Huang and EJI have contributed much to Mental Health Law’s abolishment of involuntary commitment system abuse. Because of EJI’s significant contribution to Mental Health Law, EJI won the famous Southern Metropolis Daily’s annual award for public interest organization in 2011. Ms. Huang Xuetao herself won the Southern Metropolis Daily’s annual award for public interest activities in 2012.

Currently Ms. Huang and EJI are promoting reform of China’s adult guardianship system and introduction of Article 12 of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in China. They are advocating for introduction of the concept “supported decision-making”. Ms. Huang also specialized on the draft Foreign NGO Law and new Charity Law.

Huang holds a master's degree in law from Peking University and was a PILI (PILnet) Fellow and visiting scholar at Columbia Law School at 2009 - 2010.

News reports:

New York Times: Life in Shadows for Mentally Ill in China

New York Times: Assertive Chinese Held in Mental Wards

Los Angles Times: China's move toward restricting foreign NGOs spurs anxiety in many organizations

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