News on the topic: punitive medicine

Prosecutor General's Office: “You were forcibly taken to the psychiatric hospital, but the subsequent treatment was carried out on your agreement”

03.06.2015 Prosecutor General's Office: “You were forcibly taken to the psychiatric hospital, but the subsequent treatment was carried out on your agreement”

Valiantsin Kavalchuk, who lives in the village of Vialiakaja Hać, has been trying to appeal the actions of the local medics and police, who had forcedly and illegally sent him to the Mahilioŭ psychiatric hospital in October 2013.

Svietlahorsk District Court justifies medics who injected unknown substances to handicapped civil society activist

14.05.2015 Svietlahorsk District Court justifies medics who injected unknown substances to handicapped civil society activist

May 13, Svietlahorsk District Court finished hearing the civil case instigated on a lawsuit of wheel-chair user, civil society activist Yury Liashenka against ambulance medics. The plaintiff asked to find illegal the actions of the medics who had detained him at his one-man picket, driven him to the hospital and given injections of unknown substances.

Svietlahorsk: wheelchair user didn't manage to get to court hearing

14.04.2015 Svietlahorsk: wheelchair user didn't manage to get to court hearing

April 13 Svietlahorsk District Court was to have considered a lawsuit, filed by a civil society activist, wheelchair user Yury Liashenka. However, the activist didn't manage to get to the preliminary hearing, as the judge's office was located on the first floor, and the barrier-free environment often exists just on the paper.

Mikhail Miakhedka appeals to UN Human Rights Committee seeking justice

06.03.2015 Mikhail Miakhedka appeals to UN Human Rights Committee seeking justice

Having exhausted all remedies available at the national level, Minsk resident Mikhail Mehedko filed an individual communication with the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.

Orsha rocker wins compensation for forced psychiatric treatment

27.01.2015 Orsha rocker wins compensation for forced psychiatric treatment

Aliaksandr Mukhin, leader of the Baran-based the Doors fan club, has managed to protect his rights in the Vitsebsk Regional Court. He was able to prove that last year he was illegally detained and subjected to involuntary psychiatric treatment.

Mikhail Miakhedka: “No fear of looneybin, but would not want to get there again, I am nobody and nothing there”

20.08.2014 Mikhail Miakhedka: “No fear of looneybin, but would not want to get there again, I am nobody and nothing there”

A resident of Minsk Mikhail Miakhedka, who for nearly six years has been trying to restore justice, going through numerous judicial and legislative authorities, suddenly found himself in the Republican Center for Mental Health located in Minsk’s Navinki district. It happened on August 6 after he tried to pass his petition to the Presidential Administration.

Man taken to psychiatric hospital for visiting Lukashenka's administration

07.08.2014 Man taken to psychiatric hospital for visiting Lukashenka's administration

The authorities prefer to explain the desire of citizens to exercise their constitutional rights by “insanity”.

Court releases human rights activist from forced psychiatric treatment

14.07.2014 Court releases human rights activist from forced psychiatric treatment

As it became known, at the end of May Judge of the Kastrychnitski District Court of Vitsebsk Tatsiana Zhuraukova ordered the cessation of compulsory measures of security and treatment in respect of Vitsebsk human rights activist Valery Misnikau. It took the activist more than six years to achieve this verdict.

Belarusian citizens seek protection of Russian psychiatrists

13.06.2014 Belarusian citizens seek protection of Russian psychiatrists

Over the past two months, two Belarusian citizens sought help of the Independent Psychiatric Association of Russia (IPAR). DW figured out what Belarusians want to protect themselves from.

Russian psychiatrists again question findings by Belarusian doctors in case of Maladechna resident

30.05.2014 Russian psychiatrists again question findings by Belarusian doctors in case of Maladechna resident

As a result of misunderstanding in 2012, a resident of the town of Maladechna, Alesia Sadouskaya, was taken to the police station, where law enforcement officers reportedly tortured her using so-called “lastochka” position, as her hands were cuffed behind her back and tied to her feet, while the woman was put on the floor with her belly down. After Ms. Sadouskaya threatened to sue the policemen, she herself was accused of an offense and later sent for a psychiatric examination. As a result, a commission composed of psychiatric experts concluded on the need of compulsory treatment.

Independent psychiatric expertise of Ihar Pastnou found no reasons for his compulsory treatment

16.05.2014 Independent psychiatric expertise of Ihar Pastnou found no reasons for his compulsory treatment

According to independent experts from an NGO “Russia’s Independent Psychiatric Expertise”, diagnosis of Belarusian colleagues “paranoid dissociation with stable querulous tendencies” raises doubts.

UN Human Rights Committee of registered appeal of Vitsebsk psychiatrist Ihar Pastnou

09.04.2014 UN Human Rights Committee of registered appeal of Vitsebsk psychiatrist Ihar Pastnou

The medic was sent for foreced psychiatric treatment after numerous speeches criticizing the local authorities and the state of health facilities in Vitsebsk region. This direction was authorized by Vitsebsk Regional Court.

Activist spends month in mental hospital over solidarity with Ukraine

04.04.2014 Activist spends month in mental hospital over solidarity with Ukraine

On March 27, Andrei Kasheuski, a resident of Zhodzina, was released from the National Centre for Mental Health in Minsk, after spending there a month over a yellow- blue ribbon he brought from the Kyiv Maidan.

Ihar Pastnou files individual communication to UN Human Rights Committee

08.03.2014 Ihar Pastnou files individual communication to UN Human Rights Committee

The complaint concerns the judgment by which he was directed to compulsory treatment in a psychiatric clinic. Ihar Pastnou believes that several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated during the trial.

Case files of Belarusian dissident Mikhail Kukabaka finally declassified

25.02.2014 Case files of Belarusian dissident Mikhail Kukabaka finally declassified

Seven and a half years of walking around the courts and numerous requests to various government agencies finally brought results, thanks to the tenacity of the famous Belarusian dissident, who has been repeatedly subjected to punitive psychiatry. This month Mikhail Kukabaka received a message stating that the materials of a number of forensic psychiatric examinations of 1970 and of subsequent years had been declassified.

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