Peking University Law Professor specialized in forensics, Sun Dongdong, told China News Weekly on March 23 that 99% of China's petitioners (zh) are mentally ill and that he support for forced hospitalization of them.
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Another update (April 8, 2009 @ 7:30): There is an e-mail calling for joint signature to urge the Ministry of Health to disqualify Sun's expert status.
Who is mentally sick?
Update (April 8, 2009 @ 6:30) : Last weekend, some visit petitioners in Beijing, gathered outside the West Gate of Peking University to show their discontent. Police was there to maintain order, there were no conflict. So who is mentally sick? The petitioners made their point with their action (picture via 163.com):
Psychiatry with Chinese characteristics?
Here are some of Sun's words in the article pick up by Gen Wen from China News Weekly:
In order to actualize a paranoia, they can give up their family and pay visit petition at all cost. You can do the investigation on the paranoid petitioners, the problem that they put forward had been solved, there aren't any problem at all.
To send them to hospital is the greatest protection (on their human rights).
The blogger pointed out that Sun's comment is closed to fascism. His judgment was shared by many netizens and Sun was forced issued an apology (zh) via chinanews.com on April 6:
Some of the content [of what I said in the magazine] was inappropriate, and brought forth controversy and misunderstandings. I deeply regret this. If some of the content hurt some people’s feelings, then I wish to extend my deepest apologies. I also truly hope that they [petitioners] would be able to go through legal channels to solve their issues.
Explain your position please!
However, not so many people buy his apology as he didn't further explain his words. Beifeng posted an open letter to Sun from Weng Yenhai from Aizhixing Institute of Health Education in Beijing:
2. Have people misunderstood you? Where exactly they have misinterpreted you?
Moreover, people are concerned about your position and opinion as a expert in legislation work regarding Psychiatry. So please spell it out. I have copied this letter to two email group.
In ifeng's discussion thread, there are more than 9884 comments on Sun Dongdong's incident, here are some of the top comments:
From Chongqin city posted on April 3 with 5635 supporters:
From Shandong posted on April 3 with 2705 supporters:
From China posted on April 3 with 1760 supporters:
From Shenzhen posted on April 3 with 1131 supporters:
From Jiansu posted on April 3 with 994 supporters:
According to China Youth daily, 12 of March, 2009. The Police Petition Bureau said that most of the petitioners have their reason in their demand.
From Liaoling posted on April 3 with 948 supporters:
Sun on Melamine: Don't create trouble
Actually this is not the first time that Sun Dongdong stood out to defend government policy. During the Melamine poisonous milk incident, he said the government had no flaw in dealing with the problem and criticized media and netizens for blaming the government (via Tianya Sept 2008):
There were 8255 comments in the post and a majority of was criticizing Sun.