Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera 6 Oct 2020

Why are people with mental illness in chains?

Description:

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world with psychosocial disabilities have been shackled or kept in close confinement at least once in their lives, a new report from Human Rights Watch says.

The New York-based rights group found evidence of shackling in 60 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Its ‘Living in Chains' investigation uncovered evidence of people with real or perceived mental health conditions being held in unsanitary and cramped conditions that force them to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in the same space. Individuals are often chained to other people, further denying their privacy. Many of those held are children.

The organisation is now calling for a worldwide ban on the shackling and close confinement of people with mental health disabilities, as well as greater efforts to improve access to medical treatment and support at the primary care level.

In this episode of The Stream we'll delve into the details of the new Human Rights Watch report and consider what action is needed to combat the practice of shackling vulnerable people with psychosocial disabilities.


Hundreds of thousands of people around the world with psychosocial disabilities have been shackled or kept in close confinement at least once in their lives, a new report from Human Rights Watch says.

The New York-based rights group found evidence of shackling in 60 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Its ‘Living in Chains' investigation uncovered evidence of people with real or perceived mental health conditions being held in unsanitary and cramped conditions that force them to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in the same space. Individuals are often chained to other people, further denying their privacy. Many of those held are children.

The organisation is now calling for a worldwide ban on the shackling and close confinement of people with mental health disabilities, as well as greater efforts to improve access to medical treatment and support at the primary care level.

In this episode of The Stream we'll delve into the details of the new Human Rights Watch report and consider what action is needed to combat the practice of shackling vulnerable people with psychosocial disabilities.
In the last six years, more than 400 United States Postal Service mail trucks have reportedly burst into flames, sometimes right in the middle of the neighborhoods that they are delivering mail to. Right now, there are more than 140,000 of these trucks still on the road. Inside Edition's Investigative Unit spoke with Sean Kane, a leading expert in automotive safety, to find out the reasoning behind the explosions. Kane points to the age of the mail trucks, many of which are over 30 years old.
There are more than 6,000 distinct languages in the world today. But about 2,500 of them are at risk of becoming extinct, according to UNESCO.

Some languages, for example the native Wiradjuri in Australia, are spoken by as few as 30 people - with limited national incentive to keep them alive. When they disappear, there is little historical record of their existence.

It is estimated that in the next ten years at least 50 vulnerable languages will disappear.

On this episode of The Stream, we'll take a closer look at some of the world's lost languages and meet the activists trying to save them.
There are more than 6,000 distinct languages in the world today. But about 2,500 of them are at risk of becoming extinct, according to UNESCO.

Some languages, for example the native Wiradjuri in Australia, are spoken by as few as 30 people - with limited national incentive to keep them alive. When they disappear, there is little historical record of their existence.

It is estimated that in the next ten years at least 50 vulnerable languages will disappear.

On this episode of The Stream, we'll take a closer look at some of the world's lost languages and meet the activists trying to save them.

Share Video:

Embed Video: