Communists use mental hospitals to control free speech and employees who dare to speak up to their bosses at work
- Hundreds of cases of forced psychiatric treatment ordered by local authorities
- Victims are often petitioners, people fighting for their rights, such as farmers whose land has been seized illegally, or people evicted from their homes by developers.
- And the free nations of the world fall all over themselves to do business with the Communists.
All is not well in the Communist Worker's Paradise of China. There are people who are daring to speak up for freedom and justice. Obviously anyone not happy in a Communist Worker's Paradise must be insane . . . . so off to the mental hospitals they go. All hail to Chairman Mao.
Most of the victims of forcible commitment are sent to mental asylums by their relatives or employers, lawyers say, local government officials also abuse the system by putting away people who challenge their authority or their interests. Officials commit troublemakers to mental hospitals because the process is secretive and, unlike the courts, requires no evidence of wrongdoing.
Communists throw dissidents into mental hospitals
"The victims are often petitioners, people fighting for their rights, such as farmers whose land has been seized illegally, or people evicted from their homes" by developers, says Liu Feiyue, founder of Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch, a nongovernmental group that monitors such cases from its base in the central Chinese city of Suizhou reports the Christian Science Monitor.
"It's very widespread … it happens everywhere," says Liu, who has compiled a database of nearly 900 cases of forced psychiatric treatment ordered by local authorities. Corruption also plays a major role. Unethical doctors and hospital administrators can benefit financially by allowing police to turn hospitals into "black jails," Liu says.
Most victims are not allowed contact with the outside world, explains Chen Jihua, a doctor-turned-lawyer who was recently refused access to a client seeking release from an asylum. "And even if a lawyer does get involved it is still very difficult to do anything" in the absence of a law, he says.
|Yang Chunguang holds the ID card of his wife Liao Meizhi, who is being held in the Yanshi mental hospital, Qianjiang city, Hubei. (Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian)|
Adding to an involuntary patient's plight is the unwritten rule that "whoever sends you in gets you out," says the Equity and Justice Initiative report, released last year. "Unless the 'patient' secures the agreement of the person who has recommended treatment, there is no way to leave an institution," the report finds.
The practice gained national attention in April when Xu Wu, a former security guard at a steel mill in Wuhan, was dragged from a TV station in the southern city of Guangzhou, where he had just given an interview explaining his plight, by seven unidentified men.
He had escaped from a mental hospital managed by his employer, the Wuhan Iron and Steel Group, where he said he had been held for more than four years after petitioning local and central government officials to resolve a wage dispute with his employer.
Mr. Xu had submitted himself to a voluntary test of his mental health at a Guangzhou hospital, which reportedly found him quite sane, but he was nevertheless forcibly returned to the hospital and is still there, according to a lawyer who has taken up his case, Huang Xuetao.
(Christian Science Monitor) (USA Today)