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Mental Health Law

China news round-up: Mental health law enters into effect, Chen Guangcheng's family harassed

Chen Guangfu, eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, stands in his brother's room at their family home, Dongshigu, Shandong , June 9, 2012. Photo: Reuters

Civil SocietyBeijing News* Two Foxconn workers commit suicide.Radio Free Asia

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China Digest, November 23, 2012

A woman in her early 30s is suing a psychiatric hospital in Beijing for keeping her against her will for three days in June at the request of her parents.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

NPC passes first mental health law

China's legislature passed a long-awaited mental health law that aims to prevent people from being involuntarily held and treated in psychiatric facilities. Photo: AP

After more than a quarter century of discussion, the National People's Congress Standing Committee has passed the first national mental health law, including a ban on forced confinement.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:36am

China passes law to curb abuse of mental hospitals

China adopted a law on Friday to protect for the first time the rights of the mentally ill after years of accusations that psychiatric hospitals are used to lock up people against their will and silence dissidents.

26 Oct 2012 - 5:17pm

'I was wrongly sectioned - twice'

An umbrella seller wrongly sent to a mental hospital for two weeks by a magistrate has claimed he was mistakenly put in an isolated psychiatric ward once before.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Knifeman has mental condition, court hears

A suicidal knife-wielding man who was shot several times by police officers at a Wong Tai Sin public housing estate last month suffered from a mental condition that could make him lose control of some impulses, a court heard yesterday.

Chan Chun-kit, 20, appeared in Kwun Tong Court yesterday to face a count of wounding a police officer.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Slow progress on a legal black hole

Legal experts have been busy scrutinising draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law, but the recently released draft mental health legislation also deserves attention in the context of protecting human rights.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Arbitrary justice

China's Supreme People's Court has just announced a death penalty decision of great importance to the British government and the European Union, as well as Chinese and foreign human-rights advocates. In September 2007, Akmal Shaikh, a British subject of Pakistani descent, was detained at Urumqi airport in Xinjiang on charges of drug smuggling.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Sleepwalk case spurs legal rethink

The Department of Justice is examining whether the procedures for dealing with people acquitted of crimes due to insanity should be revised after confusion surrounded the end of a trial involving a sleepwalking prostitute who tried to kill a friend.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Verdict leads to legal dilemma

The acquittal by reason of insanity of a prostitute charged with attempting to murder a fellow sex worker has highlighted a weakness in the law governing how the courts are to deal with insane defendants, a judge has said.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The Quantity Theory of Insanity

The Quantity Theory of Insanity

by Will Self Bloomsbury, $116

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

It's not what, or even who, you know ...

Recent events have made many Hongkongers question the competence of their government officials and leading health professionals. How should blame be ascribed? Are 'fall guys' (self-designated or otherwise) really in Hong Kong's best interests?

1 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Patient should not have been freed

A District Court judge was wrong to use the legal rules of evidence when he rejected the opinions of two doctors wanting to commit a mentally ill man who had behaved violently, another judge ruled yesterday.

15 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Hospital Authority challenges detention refusal

The Hospital Authority yesterday sought a judicial review of a District Court judge's reasons for refusing to authorise the indefinite detention of a mentally ill man, claiming his decision could set a dangerous precedent.

31 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Unwelcome news

The revelation that the University of Hong Kong tribunal that inquired into pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu's allegations about interference of academic freedom may not have been properly constituted has to be a piece of unwelcome news to those who have laboured to get to the truth of the controversy.

28 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

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