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Banished and Shackled: HRW Documents Abuses of Mentally Disabled

A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report details the shocking treatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia, where despite laws prohibiting it, thousands are chained to their beds or confined in small spaces, sometimes for years at a time. The report, “Living in Hell,” documents the practice of pasung – isolating the mentally ill either by locking them in small rooms or restricting their movements by tying them up with rope or chains. HRW documented 175 cases of persons with psychosocial...

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