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World Psychiatric Association asked to take up case of Chinese dissidents

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7290.817 (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:817
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The American Psychiatric Association has urged the World Psychiatric Association to protest to the Chinese government about the incarceration of political dissidents and members of the Falun Gong movement in mental hospitals.

    It has asked the association to “move with alacrity as it did at American, British and Australian insistence when psychiatry was used in the intimidation and torture of Soviet dissidents.”

    There is growing evidence of widespread abuse of psychiatry in the Peoples Republic of China. Two new reports describe forcible incarceration of political dissidents and Falun Gong members in mental hospitals, where they undergo the …

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