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People with Mental Health Conditions Living in Chains

Worldwide Campaign to End Shackling, Shame

Tuesday 06 October 2020


(London, October 6, 2020) – Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.The report, “Living in Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide,” examines how people with mental health conditions are often shackled by families in their own homes or in overcrowded and unsanitary institutions, against their will, due to widespread stigma and a lack of mental health services. Many are forced to eat, sleep, urinate, and defecate in the same tiny area. In state-run or private institutions, as well as traditional or religious healing centers, they are often forced to fast, take medications or herbal concoctions, and face physical and sexual violence.

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Tuesday 06 October 2020

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Australia: Deaths of Prisoners with Disabilities

Tuesday 15 September 2020

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Mexico: Families Abuse, Neglect People with Disabilities

Thursday 04 June 2020

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Nigeria: People With Mental Health Conditions Chained, Abused

Monday 11 November 2019

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Australia: Older People in Aged Care Drugged Up

Tuesday 15 October 2019

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Brussels: Innovative Mental Health Support

Thursday 10 October 2019

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Mozambique: Education Barriers for Children with Albinism

Thursday 13 June 2019

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Kazakhstan: Education Barriers for Children with Disabilities

Thursday 14 March 2019

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Russia: Adult Prospects Dim for Youth with Disabilities

Thursday 06 December 2018

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Ghana: Oversight Needed to Enforce Shackling Ban

Tuesday 09 October 2018

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Indonesia: Shackling Reduced, But Persists

Tuesday 02 October 2018

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Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees with Disabilities

Monday 24 September 2018

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Sign Language Key to Deaf People’s Rights

Sunday 23 September 2018

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Nepal: Barriers to Inclusive Education

Thursday 13 September 2018

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Iran: People With Disabilities Face Discrimination and Abuse

Wednesday 27 June 2018

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Brazil: People With Disabilities Confined in Terrible Conditions

Wednesday 23 May 2018

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India: Remove Hurdles to Justice for Women with Disabilities

Tuesday 03 April 2018

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