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Young Front activist appeals psychiatric abuse

19.02.2014 Young Front activist appeals psychiatric abuse

Aliaksandr Latyshau from Zhlobin filed a complaint with the head of department of health of Homel Regional Executive Committee after he was referred for a psychiatric examination at a mental hospital “in connection with his earlier participation in the Young Front.”

Raman Kisliak: Ales Charkashyn’s case will be continued

18.12.2013 Raman Kisliak: Ales Charkashyn’s case will be continued

They had to release Ales Charkashyn, says human rights activist from Brest Raman Kisliak. The BCD activist was to be tried at 9:00. However, he was not taken to the court building an hour later, and then it became known that he was released because the judge did not consider the case due to inaccuracies in the record of the offense.

16.12.2013 Brest police detain and send to mental hospital guy who staged performance in front of Regional Executive Committee building

Ales Charkashyn was dressed as a "prophet", his hands were tied with chains and doused with red paint. It symbolized the blood of Belarusians. During the performance, the activist urged the authorities to repent for their sins against the people.

Ihar Pastnou: “Probably, I will be taken to hospital again, with a “worsening of psychic illness”

11.12.2013 Ihar Pastnou: “Probably, I will be taken to hospital again, with a “worsening of psychic illness”

Vitsebsk medician Ihar Pastnou recorded a new video message to his countrymen. He again criticizes Vitsebsk medicine for low wages, speaks of human rights violations in the light of the current law "On psychiatric care" and the need for changes in the law.

Ihar Pastnou applies to the Supreme Court

09.12.2013 Ihar Pastnou applies to the Supreme Court

Vitsebsk medic attempts to challenge the decision of the Vitsebsk District Court, which sanctioned his compulsory psychiatric treatment in the absence of Mr. Pastnou and his lawyer. The appeals to the regional court and to the head of the regional court yielded no results.

Vitsebsk doctor Ihar Pastnou: Law on psychiatric care contrary to Constitution

27.11.2013 Vitsebsk doctor Ihar Pastnou: Law on psychiatric care contrary to Constitution

Vitsebsk doctor Ihar Pastnou sent an application to the Constitutional Court urging the supreme judicial body to assess certain provisions of the Law "On psychiatric Care”. Ihar Pastnou believes that the law is unconstitutional, as it legitimizes violations of patients' rights.

Human rights activist demands to amend the Law “On Psychiatric Care”

15.11.2013 Human rights activist demands to amend the Law “On Psychiatric Care”

The new Law of the Republic of Belarus № 349-3 “On Psychiatric Care” came into force on January 7, 2012. It may seem just another bill, but it is necessary to pay special attention to some seemingly insignificant articles.

Another person put to mental hospital over criticism of authorities

18.10.2013 Another person put to mental hospital over criticism of authorities

Valiantsin Kavalchuk, resident of Ivatsevichy district, was placed in a mental hospital for a week. After a week in hospital he was diagnosed with delusional disorder, but discharged, as no treatment was required. However, he has to remain under the supervision of a local psychiatrist.

Ihar Pastnou: “Psychiatry is a very sharp weapon of the State”

10.10.2013 Ihar Pastnou: “Psychiatry is a very sharp weapon of the State”

Ihar Pastnou, a doctor from Vitsebsk, who was for more than a month subjected to compulsory psychiatric treatment and then was discharged to outpatient treatment, went to work a few days ago. The administration of the regional center of psychiatry and addiction transferred him to another position: now he is employed in a psychiatric clinic. He says his new job suits him, but disagrees with a diagnosis of "personality disorder".

Ihar Pastnou counts on further assistance of human rights defenders

01.10.2013 Ihar Pastnou counts on further assistance of human rights defenders

Vitsebsk physician Ihar Pastnou, who has received forced medical treatment in the regional clinical center of Psychiatry and Addiction, is going to continue to appeal against the decision of the Vitsebsk District Court which authorized the treatment. If he fails to get the justice at the national level, he will appeal his sentence at the UN Human Rights Committee.

Vitsebsk Regional Court turns down the appeal of Ihar Pastnou against forced psychiatric treatment

12.09.2013 Vitsebsk Regional Court turns down the appeal of Ihar Pastnou against forced psychiatric treatment

The ruling of the judge of the Vitsebsk District Court Tatsiana Dzehtsiarova, who sanctioned the forced medical treatment of the psychiatrist Pastnou, was left standing by the Vitsebsk Regional Court. The appeal was considered closed to the public: journalists, human rights defenders and Pastnou's trustee Siarhei Ryzhou weren't admitted to it.

Ihar Pastnou applies to prosecutor's office

11.09.2013 Ihar Pastnou applies to prosecutor's office

The repressed psychiatrist wrote an appeal to the prosecutor's office and passed it to his trustee Siarhei Ryzhou so that the latter could filed it there. At present Mr. Ryzhou is prohibited to meet with Mr. Pastnou who is kept in the Vitsebsk regional center of Psychiatry and Narcology after uploading several critical video addresses on the web.

Ihar Pastnou stated that he was forcibly fed medicines

10.09.2013 Ihar Pastnou stated that he was forcibly fed medicines

On 9 September Vitsebsk activist Siarhei Ryzhou received the power of attorney giving him the right to represent the interests of the Vitsebsk psychiatrist Ihar Pastnou, signed by the medics of the Vitsebsk regional psychiatric hospital. However, several hours after it he was informed that he was prohibited to meet with Ihar Pastnou who is undergoing a course of forced medical treatment.

Ihar Pastnou doesn't trust Vitsebsk medics and asks to be transferred to Minsk

06.09.2013 Ihar Pastnou doesn't trust Vitsebsk medics and asks to be transferred to Minsk

According to the Vitsebsk human rights defenders who have recently visited Ihar Pastnou in the regional center of psychiatry and narcology, he has already filed to applications for his transfer to the National Center of Psychical Health, but haven't received any answers so far.

Marek Migalski applies to the European Commission concerning Ihar Pastnou's case

04.09.2013 Marek Migalski applies to the European Commission concerning Ihar Pastnou's case

MEP Marek Migalski applied to the European Commission, as well as to the Minister of Health of Poland Bartosz Arljukowicz asking to intervene in the case of the Belarusian medic Ihar Pastnou.

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