Erfahrener e.V.

Schirmherr: Gert Postel
 The prize-giving competition for a slogan for
the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin in 2017 is over:

1st Prize:
           Psychiatry: Fake science. Real harm. 
                                               by Irit Shimrat 

2nd Prize:
       World Congress of Torture in Psychiatry
                                              by E. Praepelin 

3rd Prize:
           Human-Rights-Violators' Summit
                                              by Magnus Sorel 

We thank all the participants as well as Nina Hagen for her kind support!
In a competition for a title for the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin in 2017, of the 65 proposals sent, the General Assembly of the Federal Association of Psychiatric Survivors (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrener) selected 9 slogans to be posted for voting by the public on the internet until the end of the year 2015, of which 3 were voted as the winners (see above).

The Federal Association of Psychiatric Survivors (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrener, „die-BPE“) was looking for a descriptive title for a campaign against the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin in 2017. We consider it a provocation that it will again be held here in Germany after the non-cancellation of the World Congress 1999 in Hamburg. Once again a World Congress is going to be held for historical revisionism with the aim that the international colleagues whitewash the crimes commited by German psychiatry. A provocation all the more so because in Berlin in 1939 the doctor Nazis organized a mass murder program in the psychiatric wards, which was then continued and multiplied in the extermination camps in occupied Poland. [see Henry Friedlander: The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution
German psychiatrists have held on to their criminal practices of torture since 1949 without any reflection. This is apparent by their outcry and demand for a legalization of their measures when, in the summer of 2012, forced psychiatric treatment was finally recognized as being incompatible with German constitutional law by the two highest courts, see here.

In 2013 the Special Rapporteur on Torture of the UN, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Juan E. Méndez, demanded that "States should impose an absolute ban on all forced and non-consensual medical interventions against persons with disabilities, including the non-consensual administration of psychosurgery, electroshock and mind-altering drugs, for both long- and short- term application. The obligation to end forced psychiatric interventions based on grounds of disability is of immediate application and scarce financial resources cannot justify postponement of its implementation."