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China uses "Conversion Therapy" to cure homosexuality, according to Human Rights Watch

China uses "Conversion Therapy" to cure homosexuality, according to Human Rights Watch

China -- A new report from the watchdog group Human Rights Watch says that China still uses electric shock therapy to "cure homosexuality".

Homosexuality is no longer illegal in the country, but there are still no laws that protect its citizens from any form of discrimination.

China's criminal code barring homosexuality was changed back in 1997, and homosexuality is not considered a form of mental illness.

Still, both public and private psychologists and psychiatrists still use electric shocks to patients, in a so-called "Conversion Therapy", according to the report.

The report says that this kind of practice is still used in state-run hospitals and clinics all over the country, and calls for more human rights monitoring for Chinese citizens.

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