psychiatric detention

New Mental Health Law: More Problems than Solutions?

China passed its first mental health law in October, after almost thirty years of efforts. The new law is intended to address issues such as patent privacy and wrongful institutionalisation but, according to Elizabeth M. Lynch...

Law Promises to Stop Forced Psychiatric Treatment

Xinhua reports that, after almost 30 years of efforts, China has adopted its first mental health law to protect patient privacy and other rights, and to combat the problem of wrongful institutionalisation. Under the new law,...

Petitioners, Others Held in Mental Hospitals

Human Rights In China has published the story of Li Jinping, an ardent supporter of Zhao Ziyang, victim of forced demolition, and former Chaoyang public security officer. Li writes that he was held in a Beijing psychiatric...

How to Manage “Mental Patients” During Olympics

Preparing for the Olympics is not just limited to Beijing. Changshu is a small city in Jiangsu province, with a population of more than a million. The following text is from the official site of the Public Health Bureau of...

Groups Condemn Use of Psychiatry as a Political Tool – Mark Magnier

From The Los Angeles Times (link): A psychiatric examination performed on a former patient held for 13 years in a police-run Chinese mental hospital has concluded that there was no cause for his detention, human rights groups said Thursday in condemning Beijing’s political abuse of psychiatry.Dutch psychiatrists who tested Wang Wanxing, 56, over a two-day […]

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