Human Rights

Definition: Human rights refer to the most fundamental rights, namely the right to life, the inviolability and integrity of the person, the right to security, dignity, liberty and privacy. These rights are set forth in the charters, the Civil Code of Québec, the universal declarations of human rights and in more specific laws of a social nature. They constitute recognition that human beings are entitled to respect at every stage of their lives. Our practice concentrates on defending human rights in health-related matters, including consent to care and to placement in a care centre, and confinement in a psychiatric institute. It also involves representing people whose ability to care for themselves and/or administer their property is challenged. In such cases, the law provides for different systems of protective supervision: mandate in case of incapacity, tutorship, curatorship, and advisorship to persons of full age. The choice of system takes into account the individual’s wishes, capacities and best interest, as well as the opinions of his or her loved ones and their potential involvement. In this particular area as in all other areas of our health-related expertise, our approach emphasizes respect for the rights of individuals and preservation of their autonomy.

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