#BreakTheChains: End Shackling in Indonesia
Despite a 1977 ban on shackling — known as pasung —in Indonesia, the practice continues. More than 18,000 people with perceived psychosocial disabilities (mental health conditions) are tied down by chains—to beds, cement blocks, or in animal pens —and lack access to mental health care. They are confined to unsanitary and inhumane conditions, sometimes for decades. We are urging the Ministry of Health to provide mental health medication in local health centers and support services for all who seek it.
Recently we met with Indonesia's Minister of Health, Nila Moeloek, and she committed to providing mental health medication in ALL 9,500 community health centers across the country. This dramatic outcome could turn the tide against shackling of people with psychosocial disabilities.
Human Rights Watch will not rest until we see accountability for this promise.
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