Posted by: reisendame | November 15, 2007

Serbian Bedlam Revealed

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Human rights workers have discovered that a country up for entry into the European Union is guilty of the “most horrifying case of abuse… on powerless children, who are tied to beds and unable to move.”

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A report from Mental Disability Rights International, titled “Torment not Treatment,” alleges that “filthy conditions, contagious diseases, lack of medical care and rehabilition… renders placement in a Serbian [mental] institution life-threatening.”

Read the Full Report

Investigators cited instances where children were stripped naked from the waist down and chained to beds, an arrangement forcing them to defecate, eat, and sleep in the same place.

One 21-year-old man with Down syndrome has been tied down for 11 years, according to this assessment.

This sounds like a modern-day Bedlam.

However, the year is not 1330, and modern psychiatry shows that the mentally disabled are not possessed by the devil, nor are they simply “lunatics”: they are humans whose brains function differently from the rest of those in “civilized” society. In the cases of these children, they are shackled like animals and absolutely treated like something other than human. That doesn’t sound very civilized to me. There are no enforceable laws in Serbia restricting these practices.

The Serbian government claims that these allegations are “dark propaganda,” and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica says the most biased and malicious charges are the claims that “children were tortured rather than treated, and that those were children’s camps not social institutions.”

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That sounds like something George W. Bush has said about terrorists’ media tactics.

The EU claims to be angry because after the 1999 NATO-led war against Serbia (but not the Serb civilizians, of course), those nations spent tens of millions of Euros to rebuild a few of the institutions in the country, but the one where the eleven-years-in-bed man’s been living, logically, couldn’t have been really renovated since before 1996.

Read the New York Times Article

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