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Citizens Commission on Human Rights Comes Down Hard on ECT

With signs proclaiming “Stop the Torture, Ban Electroshock Treatment,” a UK-based human rights group picketed Maudsley Hospital in South London to protect the rights of mental patients.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) led by the group’s national director Brian Daniels picketed Maudsley Hospital to protest the institution’s use of electroconvulsive treatment (ECT), which passes up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain causing a grand mal seizure that can result in permanent memory loss and brain damage.

CCHR UK demands an end to ECT
CCHR UK demands an end to ECT at a demonstration in front of Maudsley Hospital

Here are some of the facts about ECT that are not promoted by the psychiatric industry in the UK:

  • Teens are being subjected to ECT in the UK. It is estimated from Freedom of Information requests that from 2016 to 2018, 5,165 patients age 16 to 98 were given electroshock in the UK.
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment condemned the use of coercive electroshock.
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists admits that no one is certain how ECT works.

A classic example of the irreparable damage and tragedy of the use of ECT was the suicide of Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway. “What is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business?” he wrote in his suicide note. “It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient.”

The work of Brian Daniels and his UK CCHR team is presented in an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology. It is dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuse and ensuring patient protection.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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