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New Topic: Detention

Recently, we published a new article in the Topics section on the right to health in detention facilities. This article, which was written by our volunteer Somaya Bahji from Morocco, mainly builds upon the 2018 report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health on detention and confinement. In this report, Mr. Dainius Pūras identified among others the following human rights infringements in these settings:

  • Lack of medical care leading to unhealthy coping mechanisms or suicide
  • Cases of fatal dehydration
  • Complicity of doctors in torture programmes or organ harvesting
  • Dual loyalty problems, leading to mishandling of forensic reports or following medical procedures/practices that serve the interest of the state at the expense of the detainees’ health
  • Punishment of detainees in the name of drug treatment
  • Discrimination against immigrants
  • Forced sterilization and slavery
  • Non-consensual treatment
  • Lack of protection of detainees from peer violence and rape 


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Zimbabwe: Government responsible for dire situation hospitals affected by strike

In Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) is one of the signatories of an open letter to the government, urging it to start immediate negotations with doctors who have been on a six-week strike. They hold the Zimbabwean government accountable for the dire situation facing public hospitals as a result of the strike, and request it among others to ensure adequate funding of the healthcare sector.

Read the open letter here: Kubatana.net, 8 January 2019

India: Shackled mentally-ill people released from faith-based asylum

In India, a group of people with mental health problems were freed from a faith-based asylum in the state of Uttar Pradesh. They had been brought there by their relatives and were shackled to “cure them and rid them of spirits”. The Solicitor-General who informed the Supreme Court on Monday about this case, said that “people who admit pyschiatric patients in such religious places, across all religions, are mentally-ill themselves.” Supreme Court lawyer Gaurav Kumar Bansal said that shackling people in irons is against the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2017 and violates their fundamental right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Source: The Hindu, 7 January 2019