Saturday, June 02, 2007

Psychiatric Coercion - a Form of Torture

This German newsletter, ZWANG (which believes that Coercive Psychiatry is a Torture System), is working hard to make sure that the coercive practices of psychiatry are labeled properly as torture in Germany.

Here's what the United Nations adopted as point #5 of its Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 5 (prohibition of torture): No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Psychiatry in Europe has been, in the last decade alone, exposed for its inhumane, animalistic, and barbaric treatment of psychiatric prisoners. In one instance, psychiatric prisoners were kept in cages around the clock -- the cage consisting of a mattress for a floor, and a wire enclosure no wider or longer than the mattress itself, surrounding it. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights exposed this and got the prisoners released and the psychiatric "hospital" closed down where these prisoners had been kept out of sight of the public.

The more you know about what psychiatry is actually doing in the world, the more incensed you will become at their abuses. Because people trust them to help, and then they abuse that trust by incarcerating, restraining, and in many cases drugging them with drugs that cause them to kill themselves or others.

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