Rights report urges China to ban gay conversion therapy

2017-11-15 15:40
Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights programme of Human Rights Watch, poses with a report in Hong Kong. Human Rights Watch launched its new report, "'Have You Considered Your Parents' Happiness?': Conversion Therapy Against LGBT People in China", which examines how parents threatened, coerced, and sometimes physically forced their adult and adolescent children to submit to conversion therapy. (Kin Cheung, AP)

Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights programme of Human Rights Watch, poses with a report in Hong Kong. Human Rights Watch launched its new report, "'Have You Considered Your Parents' Happiness?': Conversion Therapy Against LGBT People in China", which examines how parents threatened, coerced, and sometimes physically forced their adult and adolescent children to submit to conversion therapy. (Kin Cheung, AP)

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Hong Kong - An international human rights group says China's 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.

The report by Human Rights Watch, based on interviews with 17 people subjected to the widely criticised techniques since 2009, comes as awareness has grown in China regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Homosexuality was removed from China's official list of mental illnesses more than 15 years ago, but stories of families enrolling their relatives in treatments seeking to change their sexual orientation remain common.

The report says many victims of conversion therapy were forcibly brought to hospitals by their families, the subject of a groundbreaking lawsuit earlier this year.

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