Lecture at the ILS Law College

Today I gave my lecture on the institution of human rights defenders at the Indian Law Society's Law College in India. The lecture focussed on my personal experience and history and also outlined a number of systemic human rights violations in the mental health care system in Hungary, in Europe and worldwide. The discussion was centered about human rights abuses, force, discriminatory practices and legislations as well as on traditional healing. I emphasised that more research is needed on the traditional healing centers and on their possible contribution to mental health. The experiences of those who seek help at those centers is central. A major difference between scientific psychiatry and traditional healing is that unlike in the former, in traditional healing people cannot be legally forced. People go there on their feet and leave on their feet also. Many of the users of those centers seek help there after failing in receiving help they find useful in the mainstream services.

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