: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Polish courts use Soviet-era punitive psychiatry even for petty thefts


MALGOSIA KRAKOWSKA

The practice of mentally abusing and discrediting people accused of various wrongdoings, has come under fire as the case of a 62-year-old resident recently became national discourse.

The characteristic red-brick building, a 19-century era complex in Rybnik, is one of the oldest mental health institutions in Poland. The state hospital, located in the mining region in the south of the country, has not received as much media attention as it does now. Stanislaw Bielski’s recent release from the hospital hit the news headlines across the country.

Belski, a 62-two-year-old resident of Rybnik, spent eight years there, surrounded by psychiatrists and other …read more

Source:: The Frontier Post

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