Involuntary placement in a mental health care institution against your will is a very severe restriction of your physical liberty. It should be applied only after careful consideration of whether it is really necessary in your individual case. Moreover, you should be held only as long as your involuntary placement corresponds to the grounds provided in the Medical Treatment Law. Therefore, it is important to regularly control the need for your involuntary placement.  

What human rights violation may there be?

If the need for involuntary placement is not regularly reviewed and you are not given an opportunity to challenge the prolonged involuntary placement, it may result in a violation of the right to liberty and the security of a person.

About this section

This section of the Guide explains who can ask for the review of your placement, what procedure should be followed and what your basic rights during the procedure are. 

Human Rights Guide

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