ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOVIET UNION-Abuse of Psychiatry against Dissenters

SOVIET UNION Abuse of Psychiatry against Dissenters IN 1977 October, USSR promulgated a new constitution to replace the earlier one dating from 1936. The Soviet government said that the new constitution "fully guarantees and ensures the practical implementation in the Soviet Union of all principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations...". However the new constitution, although repeating verbatim from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, deviates from it by not prohibiting discrimination on grounds of "political or other opinion". Furthermore, it restrains the citizens from exercising their rights if it is "to the detriment of the interests of the society or the State". Of course, it is the Soviet government which decides what is in the "interests of the State". As a consequence, the citizens who exercise their rights and express their dissent are subjected to punishment. Besides being arrested, detained or sent on internal exile

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