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New WHO Mental Health Guideline Condemns Coercive Psychiatric Practices



The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a draft guidance on Mental Health, Human Rights, and Legislation, with recommendations to eliminate coercive psychiatric practices.[1] Mental health industry watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights International applauds the guideline, saying that many of its proposals need urgent implementation, especially in the U.S. where patients are forced to undergo electroshock and take psychotropic drugs and are detained in behavioral and psychiatric facilities where poor conditions endanger their lives. The guideline calls on governments to “commit by law to a ‘zero coercion’ policy.”

CCHR estimates that globally, every 30 seconds someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. In the U.S., according to David Cohen, a professor of social welfare at the Luskin School in California, involuntary psychiatric detentions outpaced population growth by a rate of 3 to 1 on average in recent years.[2] Once committed, an individual can be forced to undergo damaging treatment, a practice the UN calls torture.

In June 2022, WHO and OHCHR issued the groundbreaking draft guidance to protect the human rights of people in the mental health system and to help governments support the transformation of mental health systems to align with international human rights law.[3] CCHR’s European office submitted input to the guidelines, as recognized by WHO. The final guidelines will be released on October 9.

“Coercion remains a core component of existing mental health laws across jurisdictions and is a major concern,” the guidance says. “These may include involuntary hospitalization, involuntary medication, involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), seclusion, and physical, chemical and mechanical restraint.” Further, “They can inflict severe pain and suffering on a person with long-lasting physical and mental health consequences, which can impede recovery and lead to substantial trauma and even death.”

Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International, says the guideline is one of the strongest documents ever to condemn what WHO/OHCHR calls “the pernicious effects of institutionalization, the over-emphasis on biomedical approaches and treatment options, and the use of involuntary psychiatric interventions.”

In the U.S., 76.9 million Americans take psychiatric drugs.[4] The guideline highlights how this biomedical model “works to the detriment of other holistic and person-centered and rights-based approaches and strategies.” Previously, WHO quoted former U.S. National Institute for Mental Health director, Thomas Insel admitting that despite $20 billion being spent on mental health research, including biomedical, NIMH hadn’t “moved the needle in reducing suicide, reducing hospitalizations” or “improving recovery.”[5] “A damning admission of failure,” Eastgate says, “that stems from the unscientific basis of psychiatric diagnoses and unworkable treatments delivered in a system fraught with abuse, passed off as ‘mental health care.’”

The draft guideline also condemns common coercive practices such as seclusion and restraints. Restraint deaths in the U.S. have been headline news for years, especially following the death of Cornelious Frederick, a 16-year-old African-American boy on May 1, 2020. He was brutally restrained in a now-closed behavioral facility in Michigan because he had thrown a sandwich on the floor. A coroner ruled the death a homicide.[6] The shocking death of a 7-year-old foster care child, Ja’Ceon Terry, after he was restrained at a Louisville, Kentucky psychiatric facility on July 17, 2022, also resulted in a homicide ruling.[7]

The draft guideline also acknowledges what many U.S. psychiatrists refuse to admit–that electroshock causes brain damage, and that “…coercive practices violate the right to be protected from cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment,” ECT among them. It is insistent that “ECT is not recommended for children, and hence this should be prohibited through legislation,” yet in the U.S. children ages 5 or younger have been subjected to ECT, as CCHR documented.

In August 2022, in commemoration of the WHO guidelines, CCHR posted a “MEMORANDUM: The Need for Human Rights in Mental Health Laws to End Coercive Psychiatric Practices & Abuse” on its website.[8] A resolution accompanying it enables readers to sign and forward it to their legislative representative demanding reforms. The U.S. has ratified the UN Convention against Torture, adopting it in domestic law, but has failed to protect Americans from torture in psychiatric-behavioral facilities. The UN Special Rapporteur against Torture stated: “It is essential that an absolute ban on all coercive and non-consensual measures, including restraint and solitary confinement of people with psychological or intellectual disabilities, should apply in all places of deprivation of liberty, including in psychiatric and social care institutions.”[9]

The guideline also calls on governments to ensure patients have the right to “refuse or choose an alternative medical treatment,” and to legally bind hospitals, psychiatrists, and doctors to abide by patients, “advance planning options,” also called Advanced Directives or Living Wills, to prevent forced unwanted treatment. CCHR has “Psychiatric Living Will” available on its website.

CCHR praised the report’s important stress on accountability because without it, “human rights lack enforcement and are rendered meaningless.” CCHR has long demanded criminal culpability and the guideline notes: “When a law is transgressed, legislation should provide for effective civil, administrative or criminal sanctions and reparations.”

Eastgate adds: “The need for such guidelines is a damning indictment of the psychiatric system’s failure to protect patients’ human rights and the need to end coercive practices and treatment.”

[1] World Health Organization, OHCHR, “Guidance on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation,” June 2022

[2] “Study finds involuntary psychiatric detentions on the rise,” UCLA Newsroom, 3 Nov. 2020,



[5] “Guidance on Community Mental Health Services: Promoting Person-Centered and Rights-Based Approaches,” World Health Organization, 10 June 2021, p. 215




[9] A/HRC/22/53, “Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Mendez,” United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Twenty-second Session, Agenda Item 3, 1 Feb. 2013, p. 15,

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Baxia Markets Empowers Traders: Expands Trading Opportunities



Mahe, Seychelles, September 28, 2023 – (SeaPRwire) – Baxia Markets, a pioneering online trading platform known for its innovative approach to forex and CFD trading, unveils expansion of its services to provide traders with an even broader array of trading opportunities. The company is rolling out 2000:1 leverage to additional countries, increasing its instrument offerings, providing weekend trading options, and expanding its enriched suite of educational resources.

Nash Wadud, CEO of Baxia Markets, underscores the significance of these developments, stating, “Today’s traders seek flexibility, an extensive range of options, and educational support that empowers them to make informed trading decisions. At Baxia Markets, our commitment is to deliver all this and more.”

High Leverage 2000:1 Reaches New Territories

Recognizing the power of leverage for traders, Baxia Markets has extended its exceptional 2000:1 leverage ratio to several new countries. This strategic move allows more traders to open larger positions with a modest initial deposit, thereby amplifying their potential returns. “Our 2000:1 leverage offering in other markets was met with phenomenal success. We’re thrilled to expand this feature to new countries,” states Nash Wadud.

Expanded Instrument Diversity and Weekend Trading

Baxia Markets now offers an enhanced array of trading instruments, enabling traders to diversify their portfolios like never before. In addition to traditional pairs, traders can now explore new opportunities in forex, commodities, indices, and cryptocurrencies.

Furthermore, the company recognizes traders’ needs are evolving and introduced weekend trading options, granting them expanded access to markets at their convenience. Hannah Rivera, Chief Operating Officer of Baxia Markets, elaborates, “Traders demand market accessibility on their terms, which is why we are pleased to introduce weekend trading options for the first time.”

Investment in Robust Educational Resources

Baxia Markets firmly believes that an educated trader is a successful trader. As a testament to client success, the company is proudly rolling out an extensive suite of educational resources, including webinar, guides, and a specialized MetaTrader 5 educational series. The MT5 series is set to help traders capitalize on the rich features of the renowned trading platform. Rachael Williams, Head of Customer Experience at Baxia Markets, emphasizes Baxia’s commitment, stating, “We are investing in educational content that not only covers the fundamentals but also delves deep into advanced trading strategies and platform functionalities.”

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Baxia Markets operates within a stringent regulatory framework, prioritizing the security and transparency of its clients. The company holds licenses from reputable regulatory authorities, including the Financial Services Authority of Seychelles and The Securities Commission of The Bahamas (SCB).

Financial Commission Partnership

Baxia Markets is affiliated with the Financial Commission, an independent organization offering dispute resolution services to traders and brokers. This partnership reflects Baxia Markets’ commitment to upholding ethical standards and fostering trust within the trading community.

TrustPilot Rating

Baxia Markets has received an Excellent TrustPilot rating of 4.8*, demonstrating the company’s dedication to client satisfaction and trustworthiness. Known for its reliability and customer support, Baxia Markets is a preferred choice for traders in search of a dependable trading platform.

These enhancements underline Baxia Markets’ commitment to providing traders worldwide with outstanding opportunities while adhering to regulatory compliance and prioritizing customer satisfaction. For additional information about these developments and to explore the world of online trading, you can visit

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Justin Sun Prioritizes Security: User Assets Are Sacred and Inviolable



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Justin Sun, a member of the HTX Global Advisory Board, participated in a live broadcast titled "Talk to Justin Sun about Crypto Safety Issues'' on September 26. This live interview was conducted simultaneously on HTX's (previously Huobi) Twitter Space and HTX Live. Justin Sun shared his insights on security concerns related to cryptocurrency exchanges and responded to the recent security incident at HTX.

To start, Justin Sun gave a brief recap of the recent cyberattack on HTX. On September 24, 2023, at around 6 PM Singapore time, HTX detected a hack and took immediate actions, which included rapidly changing the hot wallet address, implementing the real-time monitoring mechanism, and establishing the SAFU fund. Through these efforts, the exchange has ensured the protection of user assets and information. HTX, as emphasized by Justin Sun, managed to promptly resolve almost all issues within 24 hours following the attack. Users remained largely unaware of the incident, but it was indeed an intense battle.

According to reports, HTX has fully covered the losses, ensuring that users will not incur any losses due to this incident. The platform is operating normally, and all user assets remain unaffected. Moreover, HTX has labeled the hacker's ETH addresses and proposed a 5% white-hat incentive ($400,000) to encourage the hacker to return the stolen funds. If the hacker returns the funds within 7 days, HTX will offer them a position as a security consultant for the exchange. Otherwise, HTX will provide the information to the authorities for the hacker's prosecution.

Additionally, HTX is collaborating with professional security teams, blockchain institutions, and top-notch exchanges like Binance to trace the hacker's identity and the whereabouts of the stolen funds. While the exchange cannot disclose the specifics of the ongoing investigation, it is committed to ensuring that the hacker faces the full legal consequences they deserve if they do not return the stolen funds.

Justin Sun stated, "We encourage white hat ethical hacking and are confident in our ability to recover the funds. HTX has a proven track record of collaborating with authorities to apprehend hackers and will not tolerate any hacking activities. Even if users not affiliated with HTX have had their assets compromised, we will initiate charitable efforts to assist them in recovering their losses."

Summarizing the discussion, Justin Sun underscored the costliness of the security lesson learned and the commitment to excel in this domain. He emphasized that the recent hack was a valuable experience for him and his team, prompting HTX to reassess and enhance its security.

HTX will take concrete steps to ensure that user assets on the platform remain at the forefront of industry standards. HTX will introduce more security tools and technologies for the timely detection and prevention of potential threats in the future. Collaboration with leading security audit firms for regular audits and swift issue resolution is another facet of their strategy. Lastly, additional security updates, including updates to custodians or institutions, will be implemented.

Considering the multiple security incidents that have occurred in the cryptocurrency industry, Sun remarked, "Past experiences have taught us that security is an ongoing race, where we must continually adopt measures to ensure the security of user assets and fortify our security defense."

Addressing community doubts regarding the incident being a marketing stunt orchestrated by HTX, Justin Sun categorically dismissed such claims. He affirmed that while HTX has previously hosted attention-grabbing marketing events, the platform's unwavering commitment to security and the sanctity of user assets means they will never exploit a security incident as a marketing ploy.

Sun continued to reiterate the importance of security throughout the live stream, emphasizing, "Security is an eternal concern, and we will always prioritize the safety of user assets."

About HTX

Founded in 2013, HTX has evolved from a crypto exchange into a comprehensive ecosystem of blockchain businesses that span digital asset trading, financial derivatives, wallets, research, investment, incubation and other areas. HTX serves millions of users worldwide, with a business presence covering over 160 countries and regions across five continents. Its three development strategies – "global development, technology drives development, and technology for good" underpin its commitment to providing comprehensive services and values to global cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

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MyBundle, the premier online platform connecting consumers, streaming services, and broadband providers with tools to simplify streaming television, and Tastemade, a modern media company with award-winning video content and original programming in the categories of Food, Travel, and Home & Design, announced details of a comprehensive agreement between the companies for the distribution of the Tastemade+ premium SVOD service.

MyBundle is making Tastemade+ available to its broadband partner network representing more than 175 broadband providers and comprising more than 10 million customers nationwide. MyBundle will provide billing and customer care for Tastemade+ as part of its growing portfolio of streaming services. The partnership will make it easier for consumers to learn more about the innovative Tastemade+ content and create convenient and affordable bundling opportunities across the MyBundle broadband partner network, driving incremental new Tastemade+ subscriptions. Tastemade+ offers more than 750 hours of streaming content, 12,000 globally-inspired recipes and cooking videos, weekly meal plans, and diverse programming in the categories of Food, Travel, and Home & Design.

The billing integration simplifies the ability to subscribe to Tastemade+ so users may sign up, manage billing and receive customer support directly through the MyBundle platform and its co-branded ISP partner integrations. Customers may find Tastemade+ in the MyBundle Streaming App Marketplace, MyBundle Streaming Choice, and other targeted marketing tactics.

Were very excited about this partnership with MyBundle; with the expedited continuation of cord cutting, MyBundle gives customers an easy and seamless way to cherry pick their favorite channels and create their own streaming package, says Taylor Shwide, Distribution & Partnerships Manager, Tastemade. By tapping into MyBundles current reach, customers will have instant access to hundreds of hours of Tastemades streaming lifestyle programming as well as weekly meal plans, inspiring audiences with fresh ideas, incredible places, and the tools to live their best life.

The MyBundle platform simplifies the discovery and purchase process for consumers of innovative streaming services such as Tastemade+ and we are very pleased to welcome Tastemade as a business partner with this agreement, said MyBundle Co-Founder and CEO, Jason Cohen. MyBundle – and our broadband partner network – provides an invaluable growth opportunity for streaming services looking to reach new customers. As a fast-growing and independent solution in the marketplace, MyBundle is a trusted resource to make streaming easier for consumers and a growth vehicle for innovative streamers such as Tastemade.

MyBundle offers an integrated billing platform and co-branded streaming video tools and services for broadband and multichannel video providers. Sitting at the cross-section of consumers looking to explore and optimize their streaming service subscriptions, broadband providers looking to deliver choice to current and prospective customers and streaming services looking for efficient ways to reach new customers, MyBundle reduces friction and increases satisfaction for the ever-growing and dynamic streaming video ecosystem.

About MyBundle

MyBundle is the industry-leading consumer and enterprise platform simplifying streaming TV. MyBundles free and easy-to-use tools help consumers discover and manage their streaming service subscriptions, watch free live TV, and find content to watch across their services. Incorporating more than 150 streaming services and partnering with more than 175 broadband providers serving more than 10 million customers and growing, the MyBundle platform helps consumers navigate the streaming video world and creates new growth opportunities for programmers and high-speed data distributors alike.

About Tastemade

Tastemade is a modern media company that engages a global audience of more than 300 million monthly viewers on all major digital, mobile, and streaming television platforms, garnering 700 million minutes watched each month. We create award-winning video content and original programming in the categories of Food, Travel, and Home & Design that we share with an engaged, passionate, and global community. Tastemade has won a host of awards and accolades for its innovation and original programming, including three James Beard Awards, two Emmy Awards, and was most recently recognized as one of Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies in 2021. For more information, visit Tastemade at:

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