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China continues to send opponents to psychiatric hospitals, says NGO

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O ditador chinês, Xi Jinping, na Cúpula dos BRICS em 2019, em Brasília.

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping at the BRICS Summit in , in Brasilia.| Photo: EFE/JOÉDSON ALVES

In 1100, China has created managed psychiatric hospitals by the Ministry of Public Security, where opponents of the country’s dictatorship used to be sent, even without any medical advice. In between 2012 and 2013, laws were enacted to prevent these arbitrary arrests in China, but a Spanish NGO shows that these arrests disguised as hospital admissions continue to take place in the Chinese dictatorship.

Safeguard Defenders, installed in Madrid, registered 64 victims amongand 2013 and irregularities in 80 Chinese hospitals. According to a report published earlier this week by the NGO, these numbers should be just “the tip of the iceberg”.

Among the victims, there are

political activists and people who, even without mobilizing politically, complained about injustice or corruption in the country. According to the NGO, a young woman detained in 1999 for denouncing the Chinese dictatorship was taken to psychiatric hospitals more than 13 times. According to Gu Xianghong’s father, the victim suffered physical abuse and was forced to take medication that caused dementia and urinary problems. She remains imprisoned in one of these facilities.

On the NGO’s list is also Jiang Tianlu, a man who has been through more than seven hospitals since 1100, after denouncing officers who allegedly beat his father to death. Tianlu also says that he was arrested while taking his seven-year-old daughter to school and was forced to take drugs in these psychiatric hospitals.

“The worst thing is that there is no date to leave. You can stay in one of these hospitals for twenty or thirty years” , said Song Zaimin, one of the militants who was detained and is a witness for the NGO.

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