Release Human Rights Activist Wrongfully Detained in Psychiatric Hospital


Target: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Goal: Release human rights activist from forced psychiatric care

Raisa Radchenko, a Ukrainian human rights activist, has been detained against her will in a psychiatric hospital in response to her continued activism. She is a member of several local citizens’ associations that campaign against local corruption and police abuse. In early June she submitted petitions in Kiev asking for the resignation of the mayor of her town. It is this work that caused local police to detain her when she arrived at the district court to investigate a warrant for her detention. The police explained that a court had decided she should be subjected to in-patient psychiatric examination. The government should immediately rescind this decision and she should be released immediately and unconditionally, as she has no history of mental illness.

The basis for her detention in a psychiatric ward was the testimony of two cleaners who worked in her home. The cleaning staff apparently reported that she exhibited anti-social behavior. This is no reason for a court to order an in-patient psychiatric evaluation and certainly not enough reason to detain her against her will.

According to Ms. Radchenko’s daughter, the doctors in the hospital have already begun treating her with Aminazin, a strong sedative often used to treat manic depression and schizophrenia. Her daughter also noticed bruises on her body, suggesting that she is being forced to take the medicines. Sign this petition and demand that Raisa Radchenko be released from psychiatric hospital immediately and unconditionally.


Dear Prime Minister Mykola Azarov,

The detention of Raisa Radchenko in a psychiatric hospital is a disturbing occurrence due to the fact that she has no history of mental illness. Evidence of physical abuse towards Ms. Radchenko while in custody should immediately be investigated and any medicines that are being forcibly administered should be halted.

This detention is a direct violation of Ms. Radchenko’s human rights and casts a negative light on your government’s rights record. I ask that you immediately and unconditionally release Ms. Radchenko from psychiatric care. This will do much to improve the international opinion of your government.


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