Tanya Cooper: "Pavlensky’s forced psychiatric confinement is a sinister reminder of the Soviet legacy of punitive psychiatry"

posted 15 Feb 2016, 01:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Feb 2016, 01:39 ]
“Pavlensky’s forced psychiatric confinement is a sinister reminder of the Soviet legacy of punitive psychiatry, and the abuse of psychiatry to silence critics. It violates both his right not to be arbitrarily detained and his right to health. Pavlensky is facing the very violations he had denounced in his performance art. Instead of hiding him in a psychiatric hospital, Russian authorities should ensure that his right to due process is protected and all the safeguards to which he is entitled as a detainee are respected.”

Tanya Cooper, Europe and Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Photo: Human Rights Watch

Source: 'Russia: End Artist’s Forced Psychiatric Confinement. Allow Unhindered Access to Lawyer,' Human Rights Watch, 12 February 2016
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