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Microchip ditched in HIV/AIDS bylaw

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Sat, December 20 2008   /  12:11 pm

Activists have welcomed the Papua Legislative Council's decision to drop three controversial articles in a bylaw criticized for discriminating against people with HIV/AIDS. The articles covered implanting microchips in people with HIV/AIDS deemed to be "sexually aggressive", issuing HIV/AIDS-free cards and the so-called Next Generation Project. "It is heartening to know that the three articles have finally been dropped from the bylaw," HIV/AIDS activist from the Jayapura Support Group, Robert Sihombing, said Friday. "However, I wonder why the legislative and executive branches were so quick to approve the provincial draft bylaw without publicizing the amendments." Robert said the public had become stuck on the controversial articles and was not aware of the full content of the draft bylaw. "I am afraid that the bylaw...