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Dolores Utrilla
15th September 2020
Consumer, Health & Environment Human Rights

ECtHR: strapping a person to a restraint bed in a psychiatric hospital for 23 hours violates human dignity if need for continuation of the measure is not properly addressed

Today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) gave its judgment in Aggerholm v. Denmark (application no. 45439/18) assessing, under the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment in Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), a complaint by a schizophrenic man about being strapped to a restraint bed in a psychiatric hospital for nearly 23 hours, one of the longest periods of such immobilisation ever examined by the Strasbourg-based court.

The applicant, a Danish national suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, was sentenced in 2005 to committal to a psychiatric hospital following five incidents of violence against government officials. Eight years into the applicant’s sentence, the chief doctor of the hospit


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