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China bans forced mental hospital detentions: Media

Published on May 2, 2013 1:14 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - A new law has taken effect prohibiting Chinese from being committed to mental hospitals without their consent in an attempt to prevent "forced detentions", state-run media said on Thursday.

China's first mental health law comes after right groups accused authorities of locking up hundreds of thousands of people in psychiatric hospitals each year, often as a form of punishment for dissidents.

The new regulation, which took effect Wednesday, "aims to stop mental hospitals from admitting patients against their will, a practice that previously triggered public outrage amid accusations of forced detentions", the Global Times said.

It "requires Chinese psychiatric facilities to gain consent from mentally ill patients before taking them in for treatment".

 
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