Political Abuses of Psychiatry: Ongoing Cases Worldwide
This post in as open invitation to an event on the topic of political abuses of psychiatry. Regardless of an ongoing appeal outcome [edit: it was declined], aimed to ensure being able to hold a session on active cases Worldwide with colleagues from Safeguard Defenders, the Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry and other experts at the next World Psychiatric Association Congress at Viena next September, we will do our best to (also) host and share an online version hosted on our own. Anyone interested in attending please private message me or comment below for further details:
Subject: Appeal for Symposium on "Political Abuses of Psychiatry: Ongoing Cases Worldwide" at the 23rd WPA World Congress of Psychiatry
Dear Drs. [Committee Names],
I am writing to appeal the decision to deny the symposium proposal on "Political Abuses of Psychiatry: Ongoing Cases Worldwide" at the upcoming 23rd WPA World Congress of Psychiatry. I firmly believe that in the current circumstances of global conflict, the critical issue of political abuse and its consequences should be prioritized and openly discussed.
The field of psychiatry plays a crucial role in understanding and addressing the mental health implications of political abuses. Across the world, numerous individuals suffer from psychiatric abuses inflicted upon them for political reasons. This symposium aims to shed light on these ongoing cases and initiate a dialogue that is essential for the progress of our profession.
It is important to acknowledge that in times of war and conflict, the vulnerability of individuals is exacerbated. Mental health professionals are witnessing a surge in cases related to political abuse, where psychiatric diagnoses are weaponized to suppress dissent and silence those who dare to question the authorities. The impact of such abuses extends far beyond the immediate victims, affecting families, communities, and entire societies.
By denying this symposium, we risk silencing the voices of those who have been subjected to political abuse and neglecting the urgent need to address this pressing issue. The symposium would have provided an invaluable platform for experts and practitioners to share their experiences, research, and insights, fostering a global understanding of the challenges faced and the potential solutions available.
I understand that the selection process is rigorous, and tough decisions have to be made. However, I implore you to reconsider the importance and relevance of the proposed symposium in the current global context. By including this symposium, the 23rd WPA World Congress of Psychiatry would demonstrate a commitment to the core principles of our profession - promoting mental health, advocating for human rights, and addressing the consequences of political abuse.
I am confident that this appeal will be given due consideration, and the decision committee will recognize the significance of addressing the harsh reality of political abuses in psychiatry. If necessary, I would be more than willing to provide additional information, collaborate with other professionals, or make any adjustments to the proposed symposium to align it better with the goals and themes of the congress.
Thank you for your time and attention. I eagerly anticipate a positive reconsideration of the denied symposium proposal, as it has the potential to enrich the congress and contribute to the advancement of psychiatric knowledge and practice.