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HRW Report Urges China To End ‘Conversion Therapy’ Among LGBT People

Associated Press: Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’
“The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement, and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday…” (Liu, 11/15).

BuzzFeed News: Human Rights Watch: China’s Public Hospitals Are Still Electroshocking LGBT People
“…Seventeen people interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they had been subjected to electroshocks, been confined against their will, and had medication forced on them. Most of those people endured the treatment at hospitals overseen by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, the top health care regulator in the country…” (Rajagopalan, 11/14).

CNN: Strapped into chairs and electrocuted: How LGBT Chinese are forced into ‘conversion therapy’
“…According to HRW, the pseudoscientific practice is widespread in China, carried out in public hospitals and government approved clinics even though homosexuality is neither a crime nor regarded as a mental illness in the country. China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, which oversees hospitals, did not respond to a request for comment…” (Griffiths, 11/14).

Quartz: “You are sick”: The first-hand accounts of 17 LGBT people in China forced into conversion therapy
“…All of the cases took place between 2009 and 2017. … ‘If Chinese authorities are serious about ending discrimination and abuse against LGBT people, it’s time to put an end to this practice in medical facilities,’ said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch, in a press release…” (Huang, 11/14).

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