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    In China, a proposal for a new law aimed at stopping compulsory tests for mental disorders is under fire. The Chinese regime's State Council introduced the bill in June. But some say the new law fails to close loopholes that allow people to be sent to mental hospitals against their will.

    The Chinese regime recently proposed its first ever mental health law. It's supposed to give people the freedom to decide for themselves if they will be tested for mental health disorders. But the proposal has come under fire. That's because it still allows police to forcibly send people to psychiatric wards against their will.

    This has left many worried. There are already documented cases of Chinese authorities using mental asylums as a way to silence dissent.

    Law professor Dai Qingkang from China's Southeast University says the proposed law is vague and could be abused.

    [Dai Qingkang, Law Professor, Southeast University]:
    "For example, the risk of endangering public security or disturbing public order is enough reason to force someone to psychiatric care. We think that the term 'public order' is unclear, and many experts believe this cannot be a reason to forcibly admit someone. The decision should be made by a qualified psychiatrist."

    The Chinese regime's State Council introduced the bill last month.

    [Dai Qingkang, Law Professor, Southeast University]:
    "We have already suggested an amendment. It's critical that psychiatric wards and psychiatrists play their role. They cannot abuse their diagnostic powers. They need to follow proper diagnosis standards to determine whether someone is psychotic, instead of admitting anyone sent there by authorities."