The international human rights law grants “the right to freedom of association with others” from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. However, the Principles for Protection of Persons with Mental Illness and for the Improvement of Mental Health Care, expressly assert the application of these rights for the mentally ill. The U.N. Convention mandates nations to
“[p]rovide persons with disabilities with the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care and programmes.”(490 Perlin).
Perlin says that all of these documents provide ample evidence for securing the rights of these institutionalized individuals. The lack of community response for these lack of rights, is apart of fundamental social policy issues. Societal fears of patient sexuality emanate from the stereotypes of sanism, and also the stereotypes which perpetuate misconceptions about patients and their potential for dangerousness. Here, there is societal short sightedness in how we approach problems such as these.