Protecting the rights and interests of individuals with mental health problems may seem like a truism to many, but it’s a monumentally novel adaptation in China.
At the root of this new legislation is the underlying premise, and recognition, that individuals have rights. While change like this doesn’t happen overnight, the new policy isn’t simply recognizing that mental illness is treatable, but that individuals are entitled to civil rights. What changes in civil liberties do you think will come next in China? Which do you think won’t change in the next decade?