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Reisverslag visiting Shuaib
26 oktober 2011
This morning we decided to have breakfast at the Red Hawk, a place at the shopping centre nearby, here in Plumstead. Afterwards we went to the supermarket, and then we passed a shop with nice clothes, actually not expensive too. And Annie and I absolutely earned some shopping, so I bought a lovely red summer dress. The weather was really nice today, but still a bit too cold to wear my new dress.
Then at home we worked a bit. Annie doing the financial administration of the PANUSP conference, and me working on the report. Then we went to visit Shuaib Chalklen, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability. We went to his home, and he made us a nice cappuccino, served with a delicious piece of homemade orange cake. It was really nice being there, very informal. We had a nice talk about drugs and alcohol (that always happens when you say you are Dutch..), and then we talked about human rights and situations all over the world. I told him about my own personal case, how the Netherlands and Europe (especially East) practice torturous psychiatry and there is still no way to get justice. I also asked him if he could somehow use his influence to address that also the developed countries need to pay attention to the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He acknowledged the arrogance of the richer countries, that tend to think that human rights violations only occur in the third world countries. It’s bothering him too. It was very nice to talk with him.
After that, Annie and I went home for a quick stop, and then went to Annie’s parents for having supper. That was also nice. On our way back we rented another DVD; Skin, a real South African movie, about a young coloured girl, struggling during apartheid. It was a very touching movie. And I recalled that genetics were forming the early roots of psychiatry… It surely is a bad history, and psychiatry nowadays still hasn’t freed itself fully from the exclusion-based philosophy, giving certain people other rights then others.. it makes me think. What would it be like, if there was no exclusion, but support.. But it’s getting late again. I’m done with the revolution for today. Tomorrow another day. Then I will visit Lentegeur. I wonder what it will be like.
And now, after uploading some beautiful pictures Annie made of me at Kalk bay yesterday, I’m off for some sweet dreams…
Foto's bij verslag (3)
26 oktober 2011 07:47 | Door: je moeder
Wat een leuke foto's Jolijn.
en fijn datje weer een redelijk relaxed dagje had.
Nog een weekje en...je bent weer in ons kikkerlandje.
26 oktober 2011 12:03 | Door: Tony
I don't understand *why* so called civilized countries refuse to ratify CRPD. Ignorance?
Enjoy rest of your stay!