Mental Health Industry Watchdog Launches Petition to FDA Commissioner to Ban Electroshock Device

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[quote] A considerable number of people receiving ECT are patients that are involuntarily admitted to psychiatric facilities, where their right to consent to or refuse treatment can be overridden—a practice that in 2013, Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, said could constitute torture in healthcare settings. Mr. Méndez called for an "absolute ban on all forced and non-consensual medical interventions against persons with disabilities," including electroshock.

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) International