Keywords: whistleblowing, corruption, higher education, political abuse of psychiatry, international law, medical ethics
Background: political abuse of psychiatry and unfair dismissal (December 2014); the current situation is the following: (1) forced labor stability declared by a court order (April 2016) against the University; (2) Failed attempt of reprisal: job dismissal, but the permission was not granted by the Labour Ministry (Sep 2016); (3) Resignation of the University: Oct 2016; (4) Backfire stratagem: the consequences are mostly unpredictable, but some events might be predicted with a low degree of certainty. Why? Chaos theory means: predicting the unpredictable, and that’s not easy at all – but, sometimes, if a lot of data and evidence is gathered (…)
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“On first glance, political abuse of psychiatry appears to represent a straightforward and uncomplicated story: the deployment of medicine as an instrument of repression. Psychiatric incarceration of mentally healthy people is uniformly understood to be a particularly pernicious form of repression, because it uses the powerful modalities of medicine as tools of punishment, and it compounds a deep affront to human rights with deception and fraud. Doctors who allow themselves to be used in this way (certainly as collaborators, but even as victims of intimidation) betray the trust of society and breach their most basic ethical obligations as professionals.” (1)
“The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his orher will by the use of psychological pressure, physicalforce, or threats.(…)
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
…”Fully respecting each person’s legal capacity is a first step in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. As already established by the mandate, medical treatments of an intrusive and irreversible nature, when lacking a therapeutic purpose or when aimed at correcting or alleviating a disability, may constitute torture or ill-treatment when enforced or administered without the free and informed consent of the person concerned. Deprivation of liberty on grounds of mental illness is unjustified. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, mental disorder must be of a certain severity in order to justify detention. I believe that the severity of the mental illness cannot justify detention nor can it be justified by a motivation to protect the safety of the person or of others. Furthermore, deprivation of liberty that is based on the grounds of a disability and that inflicts severe pain or suffering falls under the scope of the Convention against Torture. In making such an assessment, factors such as fear and anxiety produced by indefinite detention, the infliction of forced medication or electroshock, the use of restraints and seclusion, the segregation from family and community, should be taken into account. “…
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights: Involuntary placement and involuntary treatment of persons with mental health problems (2012)
Any restrictions of the rights of the individual must be tailor-made to the individual’s needs, be genuinely justified and be the result of rights-based procedures and combined with effective safeguards.
United Nations. Article 15 – Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
1. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his or her free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.
2. States Parties shall take all effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent persons with disabilities, on an equal basis with others, from being subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) – d950 Political life and citizenship
“Engaging in the social, political and governmental life of a citizen, having legal status as a citizen and enjoying the rights, protections, privileges and duties associated with that role, such as the right to vote and run for political office, to form political associations; enjoying the rights and freedoms associated with citizenship (e.g. the rights of freedom of speech, association, religion, protection against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to counsel, to a trial and other legal rights and protection against discrimination); having legal standing as a citizen.”
“The sorts of dissent/discontent that can trigger suppression are diverse. They include conducting or publishing research that gives results unwelcome to powerful groups,§ teaching about sensitive topics, expressing views within an organization, and expressing views in the mass or social media. These “sorts of actions can be a challenge within a line of command in a hierarchical organization. Another sort of challenge is to a dominant orthodoxy (for example, criticisms of standard treatments for cancer) or to a vested interest (for example disclosures about private health services). Dissidents may be aware that what they do is threatening to powerful groups, or they may think they are just doing their jobs. Reprisals against dissent/discontent are also quite diverse. Suppression can include ostracism, petty harassment,* lack of communication,† blocked appointments, denial of research grants, rejection of articles, spreading of rumors, threats, reprimands, referral to psychiatrists, forced transfers, demotions, dismissal, or blacklisting. In authoritarian regimes or certain contexts, political dissidents can be physically repressed with beatings, imprisonment, forced psychiatric treatment, torture, or murder.” — Brian Martin and Florencia Peña Saint Martin
Abuse of psychiatry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5879.509
…”To a doctor doing his professional duty no man is a political opponent, or an enemy of the people, or for that matter a political ally, but a patient. And doctors who use their professional position to cause the imprisonment of healthy people, however politically disagreeable those people may be to the community or its rulers, are betraying the standards the medical profession everywhere strives to uphold.”…