Beyond Ethics:Human Rights Approach in Mental Health Issues

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Siti Hafsyah Idris et al.


Mental health issues are subjected to ethical issues. These dilemmas are based on extrinsic ethical value, which includes the right to socio-economic and the privacy right. Such situations call for a human rights approach to assist mentally ill people to make their decisions. While attention to human rights in Malaysia has improved over the past decade, it is still far from satisfactory with a mental health issue. This paper enlightens the legal framework and extent to which Malaysia's international obligations concerning the right to health are being met. The paper explicates the legal system of the country and the role human rights plays in addressing ethical issues in mental health. The paper then suggests the mechanisms to protect the rights of persons with mental illness

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