November 8, 2008:
Dear Governor Pawlenty –
One of your citizens there in Minnesota, a Mr. Ray Sanford, has been forced to undergo weekly electro-shock therapy (ECT) for several months, against his will, by court order, on an outpatient basis.
Will you please investigate this abuse of his human rights and common decency?
According to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, passed in 1948, every human on earth (much less Minnesota) has the right not to be tortured or made to endure treatment he does not want:
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Please do the humanitarian thing and investigate this with an eye toward putting an end to it.