Report public hearing on psychiatric patients' rights in Kazakhstan

In April of this year, the IFHHRO Regional Focal Point officer for the Caucasus and Central Asian region held a presentation at a public hearing about the rights of psychiatric patients in Kazakhstan. The report of this meeting is now available in English.

Recently, IFHHRO member Amansaulyk, in partnership with the local NGO Preodolenie and the National Mental Health Centre, carried out a study on the rights situation of psychiatric patients, covering patients, members of their families and those working in various institutions. The research also focused on prisoners suffering from mental illnesses. This sociological research covered over 2,000 people and revealed the absence of alternative forms of social protection for psychiatric patients and gross neglect of patients' rights, especially in psychiatric hospitals.

The results of this study were shared at the meeting, in which some 120 people participated. Participants included representatives of the Ministries of Health Care and Social Protection, local and national human rights and patients' rights NGOs, social activists and journalists.

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