Yugoslavia: Information from 1990 to present on psychiatric prisoners
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 January 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||YUG26086.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yugoslavia: Information from 1990 to present on psychiatric prisoners, 1 January 1997, YUG26086.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acf03c.html [accessed 18 December 2013]|
In a telephone interview on 27 January 1997, the general secretary of the Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry in Holersum, The Netherlands, an organization that opposes the political use of psychiatry, provided the following information. The general secretary has not heard any reports from 1990 to present indicating that Yugoslav citizens have been confined to psychiatric institutions by state-employed psychiatrists, or by psychiatrists acting on instructions from the authorities, because of those citizens' political opinions or acts. The general secretary would not discount the possibility that some psychiatrists may have abused their power (by confining people to psychiatric institutions or treating them against their will) for personal or political reasons.
For additional information on the Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry, please consult the attachment.
Additional information on the above-mentioned topic could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry, Holersum, The Netherlands. 27 January 1997. Telephone interview with the general secretary.
Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry, Holersum, The Netherlands. 27 January 1997. Facsimile sent to the DIRB.
Additional Sources Consulted
CSCE Digest [Washington]. Monthly.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports.
News from Helsinki Watch [Washington]. Monthly.
RFE/RL Research Reports [Munich]. Weekly.
Transition [Prague]. Twice monthly.
Uncaptive Minds [New York]. Quarterly.
On-line search of media sources.
Two oral sources consulted did not provide information on the requested topic.
Unsuccessful attempts to contact other oral sources.